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Lot 255 - Old Rip Van Winkle 12YO Kentucky Straight Bourbon
February 2022

Probably the most sought-after American Whiskey in the world, currently owned by the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Van Winkle Special Reserve is the perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full-bodied whiskey has been described by some as “nectar.” The 12 years of aging and medium proof seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after-dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep.

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Lot 232 - Foursquare Nobiliary Rum
February 2022

This bottling is the 12th release in Foursquare’s Exceptional Cask Series. A fruity, funky rum from Foursquare distillery in Barbados, Nobiliary was matured for 14 years in ex-bourbon casks. The result is an intensely fruity character, with aromas of pineapple, stewed apples, fruit cake and vanilla on the nose. The palate offers notes of brown sugar, spiced sponge cake, rich fruit cake, oranges and liquorice.

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Lot 239 - Highland Queen Grand 15 Year Old 1970s
February 2022

The image of Mary Queen of Scots on a prancing horse after landing at the port of Leith in 1561 became the constant design motif for Highland Queen blended Scotch. It has appeared on every label since its launch in the late 19th century, even after a change in ownership.
The brand encompasses a range of standard blends (NAS, Sherry Finished, 8 Years Old, 12 Years Old); premium blends (Highland Queen 1561, 30 Years Old, 50 Years Old); and single malts under the Highland Queen Majesty brand extension (Classic, 12 Years Old, 16 Years Old, 1986 Limited Edition, 40 Years Old and 52 Years Old). Today this historic Scotch brand created by Macdonald & Muir covers both blends and single malts.

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Lot 240 - Imperial 1998 Exclusive Cask #1223 Bottled 2010 Gordon
February 2022

Imperial was dogged by poor timing. Its chequered history meant that it never had a chance to become established as a single malt brand. Too late for the very earliest wave, by the time the category was becoming popular in the 1970s it was already committed to supplying fillings. When the single malt market came of age in the early 1990s, Imperial was closed.
Bar one half-hearted Allied Distillers bottling, it has only ever been seen under independent bottlers and, for many years, was also somewhat ignored. Then, slowly, Imperial’s gentle, floral, American cream soda style began to win friends. While it has not reached the cult status of Brora or Port Ellen, its reputation continues to grow. Sadly, there isn’t much stock left, making this release a great opportunity for any collectors and enthusiasts! 

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Lot 249 - Macallan 25YO Sherry 2018 Edition
February 2022

The 2018 release of Macallan 25 Year Old. This sublime spirit enjoys a cult following in some of the finest hotels and bars in the world where demand for the precious malt continually outstrips supply.
Macallan is an excellent example of the significance of size on whisky character. It is a large producer certainly, but its spirit stills are small (3,900 litres). This is a major contributing factor to the rich and oily nature of its new make.

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Lot 257 - Springbank 17YO Madeira
February 2022

Distilled November 2002, matured in a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-rum casks, then finished for three years in fresh Madeira casks, and bottled in October 2020. Limited to 9200 bottles.
Springbank is the only distillery in Scotland to malt, distil, mature and bottle on the same site. It manages to do this while operating a highly complex distillation regime, which creates three different styles.
Springbank is partially triple-distilled. The wash still (which is direct fired) works as normal producing low wines, the strongest portion of which are directed to the spirit still charger. The remainder is redistilled in the intermediate still (which has a worm tub) and put into the feints receiver along with the heads and tails from the spirit still distillation.
This mix makes up 80% of the final charge, with the strong portion of low wines from the wash still making up the remaining 20%.
Unsurprisingly, the result is a highly complex new make that is collected at an average strength of 71-72% – lightly smoky, oily, fruity, delicately fragrant yet powerful.

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Lot 217 - Arran Rare Batch 15YO Argonne
February 2022

One of two expressions that launched Arran's Rare Batch series is the latter half of 2021, both of which show off the brilliance of French oak. This expression was matured in casks sourced from France's Argonne Forest and had previously been used for still wine. From France to the Isle of Arran those casks went, and for 15 years they aged Arran's single malt, imparting big ol' helpings of ripe orchard fruit, alongside touches of aromatic wood fragrance. Limited edition of 3,060 bottles.

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Lot 219 - Balvenie 21YO Stories Second Red Rose
February 2022

The story of David C Stewart and the creation of two extraordinary red roses. Inspired by the history of Balvenie castle, this story celebrates the story of the rose, the desire of our visitors for a distillery exclusive and the romance in creating a new whisky.
Its story, and the one of its successor, The Second Red Rose, began many centuries ago in a castle high on a Speyside hill.
Margaret Douglas, widow of the 8th Earl of Douglas, lived for many years in Balvenie Castle, on the edge of the land that would eventually become the home of The Balvenie Distillery. Her rent for living there, payable to King James II, took the form of one exquisite red rose. The flower, so the story goes, had a vibrant magenta hue, and was considered not only to be extremely beautiful, but extremely valuable too. 
As decades, and then centuries passed, the castle fell into disrepair, its original inhabitants now long gone. But the tale of the rare red flower lived on. “Oh, the rose!” David C Stewart, The Balvenie’s Malt Master, remembers the story well. “It was,” he smiles gently, “the inspiration for the first Balvenie Rose. The aim was to create a deeply vibrant whisky, to evoke the flower in question. That’s where it all began."

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Lot 226 - Daftmill Cask No 046 2009 UK Exclusive
February 2022

A single cask 2009 Daftmill, aged in an Oloroso sherry butt. One of 700 bottles, being a release only available for the UK market. 
The Cuthbert brothers who own the site have long grown malting barley. These days a small percentage of the crop (around 100 tons) is diverted for their own use. The process water comes from their own artesian well, and the draff produced after mashing is then fed to their prize beef herd.
Only 20,000 litres is produced during two, three month seasons, one starting after the end of the busy spring period on the farm and stopping before harvest, the other during the fallow winter period between November and February.
This is one of the very few (conceivably the only) truly self-sufficient distilleries in Scotland.

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Lot 229 - Dewars Ancestor Rare Old Scotch Whisky
February 2022

The story of the Dewar family and their eponymous whisky business is one of entrepreneurialism, creativity and sheer boldness. It begins in 1846 with John Dewar, who opened a wine and spirits shop at 111 High Street in Perth. The premises remained in family ownership for the next 50 years.
Dewar didn’t begin blending his own whisky until the 1860s, when ‘mixture whisky’ was still relatively unknown in the area.


When Dewar died in 1880, the business was left in the hands of sons John Alexander and Thomas Robert (Tommy), who were only 24 and 16 years old respectively at the time. In 1886 the firm was renamed John Dewar & Sons, and Tommy took on the role of spreading the word of the business to London and overseas. In 1892 he set out on a two-year journey around the world, which was immortalised in the book A Ramble Round the Globe. His creative and revolutionary marketing techniques (including throwing empty bottles of Dewar’s overboard with reward notes inside for their finders) eventually became legendary.

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Lot 207 - Partagas Festival Humidor 2016
February 2022

A beautiful and unique humidor made for the Partagas anniversary Festival 2016. This one of a kind humidor comes with 50 Diplomaticos Excelencia which is a regional edition from 2015 and only 7000 boxes were ever made. Included is also 20 Montecristo 80th Aniversario which was created to celebrate Montecristos 80th anniversary, you will also receive 48 limited edition Trinidad Topes which were created before they made it part of the regular production. Also inside are 50 Cohiba Medio Siglos As part of Cohiba’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a new vitola was introduced to their La Linea 1492 range called Medio Siglo. Next up are 25 limited edition Romeo Capuletos which was the first limited edition cigar in 2016. To top it off you will also receive a bottle of vintage rum. 

 We have an estimate on this incredible humidor, cigars and rum of between £12000 and £18000

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Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry 2020 - 43% 70cl
October 2021

The 2020 edition of Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak has been matured exclusively in hand-picked oloroso sherry casks from Jerez for a quarter of a century before bottling. This creates aromas of orange, cinnamon, sherry and wood smoke on the nose, complemented by notes of dried fruit and crystalised ginger throughout the palate. An all-time classic!

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Blantons Gold Edition Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - 70cl 51.5%
October 2021

Blanton’s Gold Edition was created for discerning bourbon aficionados who appreciate exceptional smoothness and complexity in their bourbon whiskey. The nose is first marked by spicy rye and tobacco notes. Caramel and honey follow soon after, mingled with dark fruit and citrus notes. The palate emulates the same complex nose with rye, tobacco, and honey at the forefront. Round and bold notes of charred oak and vanilla carry you through to an extremely long and harmonious finish.

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Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon Old Bottle - 75cl 45%
October 2021

An older, now discontinued release of W.L. Weller, the original wheated bourbon. The Weller brand was historically produced by the Van Winkle family, now owned by the Buffalo Trace distillery. As part of the wheated bourbon family, this twelve-year-old W.L. Weller is aged far longer than most wheated bourbons. This offering is an incredibly smooth, easy-going and balanced bourbon with a beautiful deep bronze colour.

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Springbank 17 Year Old Madeira - 47.8% 70cl
October 2021

Springbank's full, oily robust spirit, aged for 14 years in bourbon and rum casks, before being finished in Madeira casks for a further 3 years. Madeira provides rich fruit notes, creating more complexity. There have been only 9200 bottles of this released, making it a very collectable bottling, likewise anything from Springbank! This family run distillery malts 100% of their own barley, distils, ages and bottles on site.

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Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Japanese Malt Whisky - 70cl 43%
October 2021

One of our favourites and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (east) added in 1981. This release is quite sought after.

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Glenmorangie 10 year old 1960s 70 Proof - 75cl
October 2021

This vintage release of Glenmorangie 10 years old presents an old-style label and screw cap bottle, and we estimate it was bottled in the 1960s. Glenmorangie is a distillery in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland that produces single malt Scotch whisky, categorised as a Highland distillery, and boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, owned by The Glenmorangie Company Ltd.

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George T Stagg BTAC 2019 Release - 58.45% 75cl
October 2021

George T. Stagg is a part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, a much highly sought after and much prized range of expressions released annually from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The 2019 release is a 15 years and 3 months old bourbon bottled straight out of the barrel without the addition of water and without filtering. The expression is named in honour of one of bourbon's most important pioneers. This whiskey is released only in very limited quantities each year and will only ever be tasted by a lucky few.

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Daftmill 2009 Summer Release 2020 - 46% 70cl
October 2021

Daftmill is a farm distillery. Owned and operated by the Cuthbert family, it only runs in the farm’s quiet periods; mid-summer and winter, sometimes producing as few as 100 casks per year. When not distilling, Francis Cuthbert looks after the estate, growing the malting barley used to make this Lowland whisky. The barley variety Optic was grown in the South fields and harvested in the last week of August 2006. It was then stored on the farm to be malted in Alloa during the summer of 2007. This release was matured in ex bourbon barrels and Oloroso butt.

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Ardbeg Scorch - 46% 70cl
October 2021

Bottled to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2021 and Islay’s definitely-real-and-totally-not-made-up flavour breathing dragon, Ardbeg Scorch is a dram with an almost mythical flavour profile. 
The distillery’s whisky wizards have been hard at work, chanting incantations and conjuring spirits, concocting one of the Ardbeg’s most fantastical whiskies yet. Matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks, fiercely charred and packed with smoke, discover lair upon lair of flavour in this bottling.

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