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December 2014

WMI Online – December 2014
Blended Scotch update and 2015 Calendar

Blended and blended malt Scotch whisky bottles can make great collectibles and excellent budget acquisitions for drinking from the salerooms. Here is a quick round up of the best of the recent sales:

Johnnie Walker
Although retailers offer personal engraving on Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles, and the company have released etched bottles for the Ryder Cup and the seven cities in the Skyline range, none are quite as attractive as Lot 2 at Christie’s, London in December. The five bottles of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Chinese Mythology collection were produced in a limited run of 1,000 bottles on a display plinth. Each is named; luck, fortune, vision, wisdom, and integrity. This made £3,000.
Scotch Whisky Auction sold a boxed version of Johnnie Walker Odyssey in October for £480, still slightly under retail values once the charges were paid. There continues to be a steady appearance of staff bottlings of Johnnie Walker 50 Years of Diageo in Kilmarnock decanters (£250-400) and Johnnie Walker Thank You Hill Street (£350-450) at live and online auctions.

Royal Salute
McTear’s achieved £950 for a white Wade decanter of Royal Salute for Royal Wedding 1993 bottled for the Japanese Crown Prince. Two bottles of Royal Salute 38 Years Old Stone of Destiny were for sale at Scotch Whisky Auctions over the autumn and they made £400 and £460. Elsewhere, another white Wade decanter, this time filled with Royal Salute 21 Years Old, took an impressive £975 at Whisky Online Auctions in October.

Vintage blends
Bonham’s blended section had some beautiful old labelled bottles at the end of the sale. A Maden’s Special Scotch Whisky from a Wine and Spirit Merchants in Wigan paired with a bottle of V.O.G. Special Liqueur by Brockbank & Mellor of Liverpool made £600. They sold a bottle of White Horse from 1957 for £200. McTear’s saw a lovely bottle of Old Rarity De Luxe from Bulloch Lade & Co. Ltd away for £70 in December. However, their bottle of Dew of the Grampians bottled for The Practical Purchasing Co. made a more respectable £320. A spring cap bottle of Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh by Ainslie & Heilbron Distillers Ltd got to £170. A 1950s bottling of Thompson’s Blended Whisky made £155 at Whisky Online Auctions in November but the bottle was missing all but its rear label.

Auctions continue to be the best place to hunt out old blends at reasonable prices. With less competition, you can often grab a bargain whilst others are fighting over the single malts.

Looking ahead to next year, there are already a large number of auction dates to put in your new diary.

Forthcoming live auction dates (subject to change):

10th January 2015. Taylor’s Auctions, Scotland.
14th January 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
6th February 2014. Bonhams, Hong Kong.
14th February 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
18th February 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
3rd March 2015. Mulberry Bank Auctions, Scotland.
7th March 2015. Taylor’s Auctions, Scotland.
11th March 2015. Bonhams, Scotland.
25th March 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
28th March 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
16th April 2015. Spink, China.
29th April 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
2nd May 2015. Taylor’s Auctions, Scotland.
16th May 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
3rd June 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
4th June 2015. Christies, London.
10th June 2015. Bonhams, Scotland.
27th June 2015. Taylor’s Auctions, Scotland.
27th June 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
12th August 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
14th August 2015. Spink, Singapore.
16th September 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
17th September 2015. Spink, China.
19th September 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
12th October 2015. Spink, China.
21st October 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
31st October 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
18th November 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
12th December 2015. Hart Davis Hart, Chicago.
16th December 2015. McTear’s, Scotland.
15th January 2016. Spink, China.

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