Berry's century-old single Orkney and Laphroaig malt whisky could bring $10,600
McTear's is offering another excellent range of fine drams once more this coming week
Following on from its Islay-dominated sale last month, at which a box of Sherriff's Bowmore made a £6,100 showing, and a 70cl bottle of Black Bowmore 1964 surpassed its £1,600 high estimate with a £1,700 performance, McTear's whisky department is in full flow again.
The company is no doubt fairly confident of a good performance after a solid performance last time round. In general the high quality whisky markets seem in good shape too. Just last week Morrison Bowmore Distillers announced an 11% rise in profits thanks to their malt whisky assets.
A full 500 lots are going under the hammer, (well one short: 499) and a grand range of fine single malts (and blends) from all over Scotland - Islay, Speyside and the Highlands. There are also some Cognacs and even Champagnes on offer.
There are around three dozen Macallan lots, for example, led by a 30 year old 700ml bottle and a Macallan Anniversary bottle - distilled 1962 and bottled 1988 - of 750ml. Both are in their wooden boxes with the latter expected to bring as much as £1,600
Then there's a Springbank 50 Year Old Single Campbeltown Malt Whisky in teardrop style bottle. Filled up to the neck, there are 26 2/3 fl oz on offer at a no-nonsense 63.3% volume. It too is boxed and estimated at up to £1,400.
For curiosity if nothing else, there is a very rare bottle of Highland Park 35 year old single Orkney malt whisky.
Bottled in honour of John MacLeod Goodwin and appearing in a carton with an invitation and menu for Mr MacLeod's retirement dinner it could bring up to £2,000.
The top lots, however, are expected to be two bottles from Berry Bros & Rudd: a 1902 single Orkney malt and a Laphroaig 1908 single Islay malt whisky. Gold label bottles, with the liquor in the neck, they are expected to bring up to £3,000 and £3,500 ($5,700) respectively.
The sale takes place on August 24 in Glasgow and online.
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