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Ballantines 17 year old Very Old 1960s Gold Presentation Box - 4
October 2021

Ballantine’s established itself early in 1827 as a smooth, easy-drinking blend and that reputation still sticks today. Comprised of some 50 single malts – mostly from Miltonduff and Glenburgie – and four grain whiskies, the blend delivers sweet vanilla and cocoa notes in its youth and among its no-age-statement expressions, building layers of honey, toffee and spice as the age develops. This is a very rare bottling dating back to 1960’s we estimate. 

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C.Gars Ltd Summer Auction 2021
July 2021

More than simply the world’s leading cigar auction…

The C.Gars Ltd cigar auctions have grown year-on-year since the first ever sale in 2009 and today represent a major online event, showcasing the heritage of Havana and beyond, and attracting worldwide attention. The breadth of this interest widened further with the addition in 2019 of whiskies and spirits to the core offering. Today this aspect of the sale has its own distinct following that is an eclectic mix of passionate buyers. From all things unusual, limited, and vintage to the classic, the summer 2021 auction, bidding for which is now open, offers an array of fun bottlings that are sure to tease and please past bidders and those coming to the auction for the first time.

Included in the catalogue are highly collectible rums like Caroni Navy Rum, with a 2018 offering that marks the 100th anniversary of the distillery, and a 15-year-old Pusser’s Trafalgar in a beautiful decanter. As well as a stunning array of Bourbons, like highly coveted 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle or Rip Van Winkle bottles, there are some rare Japanese whiskies - for example, a Yamazaki 18-year-old - that are increasingly hard to find. 

The vintage and rare Scottish whisky in this auction should also draw huge interest, as there are some absolute stunners for this sale, such as a Dewar’s Ancestor, which is an exceedingly rare and discontinued bottling. Others potential highlights would be the Glenmorangie bottles from the Seventies, Macallan’s Sir Peter Blake commemorative bottle, and a 40-year-old Bunnahabhain.

Whether you are new to collecting or a seasoned pro with hundreds of bottles, there is something in this auction that will catch your eye. In truth, you do not even need to be a collector. You may just find something unique to drink with the power to tantalise your tastebuds in new ways. Whatever the motivation, venture on over to the auction site now to start bidding.

Yamazaki 18 Year Old
July 2021

Yamazaki 18 Year Old - Available in our July 2021 Auction

Yamazaki Whisky is Suntory's flagship single malt, from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara oak aromas.

Spiritual and deep, made at the soulplace of Japanese whisky, its signature multi-layered taste is highly praised by whisky connoisseurs all over the world.

Today, Yamazaki is not only the No.1 single malt whisky in Japan but is enjoyed in more than 35 countries. Deep amber colour, on the palate flavours of blackberry, strawberry jam and dark chocolate smoothly emerge, leading to a long, spicy finish. 

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Glendronach 29 Year Old 1989 Kingsman Edition
July 2021

Glendronach 29 Year Old 1989 Kingsman Edition - Available in our July 2021 Auction

This limited-edition whisky from Glendronach has been bottled to mark the release of "The King's Man" film in 2021.

The spirit has been selected by Dr Rachel Barrie, master blender, and the film's writer/producer/director Matthew Vaughn, who chose six casks all filled in 1989 and matured in ex-Oloroso and PX sherry casks for nothing less than 29 years.

With only 3052 bottles produced, all hand numbered, this is a sought-after spirit. Rich and elegant, the flavour profile does not disappoint, velvety and mouthcoating, with Morello cherries, vintage sweet vermouth, dark treacle, rum soaked raisins, and a touch of molasses.

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Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary
July 2021

Lagavulin 25 Year Old 200th Anniversary - Available in our July 2021 Auction

Bottled in 2016, the year marking Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary since their funding, this bottle has been released in honour of the managers who have made the distillery what it is today.

The spirit was aged for 25 years in sherry casks, offering a magnificent complexity, being a big and rich dram, with layers of smoke and dried fruit, all wrapped up in a bottle listing the name of each of the distillery managers.

A great rare piece for any whisky collectors or enthusiasts. 

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Macallan Distil Your World London Edition
July 2021

Macallan Distil Your World London Edition -  Available in our July 2021 Auction

This release from Macallan is a unique limited edition single malt providing a sensorial journey through one of the world’s greatest capital cities. Embodying London’s special charisma, and capturing the people, experiences, colours, and history that ultimately define the city.

United by an insatiable curiosity, quest for knowledge and dedication to mastery, The Macallan and the Roca brothers, owners of El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, twice named Best Restaurant in the World, explore different cultures and source inspiration for their own worlds of whisky-making and gastronomy.

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Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old
July 2021

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old - Available in our July 2021 Auction

Being the “unicorn” of the bourbon world, this bottling was crafted according to the distillery´s exclusive family wheated recipe.

The smooth, oak flavour blends well with the barrel proof. Selected from barrels in the heart of their Kentucky warehouse, this bourbon has remained untouched for 15 years and unhurried by time. Delivering a hazy, copper colour.

The taste profile is rich, supple, leading to a decadent, huge, full-bodied palate with intense caramel, toffee, and peppery brown spice flavours. Long, complex finish, with an evolving fade of spice and wood notes.

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Foursquare Plenipotenziario 12 Year Old
July 2021

Foursquare Plenipotenziario 12 Year Old - Available in our July 2021 Auction 

Impressive and rare blend of pot and column still rum from Foursquare, Plenipotenziario is the sixth collaboration Foursquare distillery in Barbados and Velier, independent bottlers extraordinaire in Italy.

Aged for 12 years in bourbon barrels, with an outturn of 6,000 limited bottles at an exceptional 60% ABV. Quoting Wikipedia, translating Plenipotenziario “The word plenipotentiary (from the Latin plenus “full” and potens “powerful”) describing this release at its best!  

The “full powers” of this rum are evident, demonstrating what can be achieved through patient tropical-ONLY ageing in ex-Bourbon barrels.

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Daftmill 2009 Summer Release
July 2021

Daftmill 2009 Summer Release - Available in our July 2021 auction

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 first fill ex oloroso butt and four ex bourbon barrels that make up this bottling were distilled and filled in July and August 2009. This is their first release to contain whisky matured in both bourbon and sherry casks.

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Old Fitzgerald 9 Year Old Bottled in Bond 2nd edition
July 2021

Old Fitzgerald 9 Year Old Bottled in Bond 2nd edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Available in our July 2021 Auction 

Following the legend, John E. Fitzgerald founded a distillery along the banks of the Kentucky River just after the Civil War ended. He began distilling bourbon and selling it to passengers aboard the trains and steamships that passed through the town.

Shortly thereafter, Fitzgerald sold his brand "Old Fitzgerald Bourbon" to Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle for $10,000, quite a fortune at the time. Pappy moved production of Old Fitz to his distillery, where it became one of the most famous bourbons in the world.

The palate opens with light vanilla and caramel, followed by oaky raisins, subtle lavender, honey, and subtle toffee notes. Short and sweet finish with mellow notes of oak, chocolate, and baking spices.

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