Drams under the hammer: July 2024

Drams under the hammer: July 2024

What to look for in the auction world this month

Auction News | 01 Jul 2024

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As we enter July, it’s time to look back at the auction activity from June, highlights from which included a septuagenarian whisky from the Macallan. Then, in upcoming and current auctions, we take a peek at a rare US import from Laphroaig and Thosop’s handwritten labels.

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Hibiki 21 Years Old in ceramic decanters

Featured in whisky.auction’s June auction were two Japanese whiskies presented in Arita-Yaki ceramic decanters. The Hibiki 21 Years Old Year of the Tiger, released to celebrate the Chinese year of the tiger in 2010, and Hibiki 21 Years Old with a botanical design, sold for £3,100 each.


Macallan 71 Years Old The Red Collection

The top winning bid in Whisky Auctioneer’s May auction fell on a 71-year-old whisky from the Macallan, at £50,000. Made by whisky maker Sarah Burgess, the bottling was released in 2020 as part of the Red Collection, which also included 74- and 78-year-old whiskies among others.

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Laphroaig 10 Years Old

Laphroaig 1960s 10 Years Old — US Carlton Import

This Laphroaig is from the golden age of Islay distilling, and reportedly one of the best drams whisky-expert Emmanuel Dron has ever tasted. An extremely scarce US import, rarely seen on the secondary market, the bottling appears in Whisky Auctioneer’s June auction.

The Macallan The Reach 81 Years Old

High age Macallan

The Macallan The Reach 81 Years Old is a testimony to Macallan’s legacy. 200 years since its founding, Whisky Auctioneer’s June auction contains over 400 bottles from the Speyside distillery, with many high age statements accompanying The Reach. Three bottles of the Macallan Red Label are listed, following the success of the 71 Years Old in May’s auction, as well as a 40 Years Old Italian Import from the 1970s.


Thosop handwritten labels 

The brand Thosop was the independent bottling company belonging to Belgian whisky lover Luc Timmermans. This month, a range of its miniature and full-size bottles appear at Whisky Auctioneer, including a stunning Port Ellen 1978. It is accompanied by releases from distilleries around Scotland, showcasing everything from big names such Glen Grant to rarely seen single malt from Teaninich.

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