A set of Ardbeg Double Barrel, containing two single cask Ardbegs distilled in 1974, both bottled at cask strength and packaged in hand-blown bottles with sterling silver labels. The leather case from Purdey and Sons also includes an Omas pen made from a barrel, a leather-bound notebook to record tasting notes, and eight sterling silver cups. This is one of 250 sets released worldwide, it was bottled in 2007 and imported to Australia by Moet Hennessy Australia Pty Limited.
Winning bid £17,000
A crystal decanter of Royal Brackla 60 Year Old. This was distilled in 1924 and bottled for the Japanese market to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s reign in 1986.
Winning bid £9,700
A bottle of Gold Bowmore 44 Year Old, the final of the three limited edition releases. This was distilled on 5 November 1964, matured in three bourbon casks and one oloroso sherry cask, and bottled in 2009.
Winning bid £9,000
This lot contains three 150cl magnums of Caroni rum, bottled in 2017 to celebrate Velier’s 70th anniversary. These were drawn from casks held in Guyana since 2008, and selected by Luca Gargano, Egon Hilpmann, and Stefan Kerner. Each is a limited edition, free-blown bottle by Master Lunardon:
1 x Caroni 1996, 21 Year Old, bottled from cask number R5542 at 65.1% ABV. This is one of 105 bottles.
1 x Caroni 1996, 21 Year Old, bottled from cask number R5620 at 64.3% ABV. This is one of 119 bottles.
1 x Caroni 1994, 23 Year Old, bottled from cask number R6126 at 59.8% ABV. This is one of 109 bottles.
Winning bid £4,300
A bottle of Hennessy Timeless Cognac, presented in a Baccarat Crystal decanter. Hennessy Timeless was created in 1999 to showcase the company’s past and look forward to the future promised by the new Millennium. The Timeless expression is a blend of 11 vintages dating back to the start of the 20th century: 1900, 1918, 1929, 1939, 1947, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1970, 1983 and 1990, each of which were deemed exceptional from the day they entered the Hennessy cellars. This is bottle number 242 of 2000.
Winning bid £4,100
A bottle of The Macallan-Glenlivet 35 Year Old. This was distilled in 1937, matured in sherry wood, and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for Italian importer Pinerolo. The bottle is decorated with a thistle design.
Winning bid £3,700
A special bottle of Johnnie Walker Swing, presented to colleagues and guests of the company on the opening of the new premises in 1956. The label reads: J.W.& S Ltd. To commemorate the opening of the new premises of John Walker & Sons Ltd. at Hill Street, Kilmarnock on 11th September 1956. The Swing bottle rocks back and forth on a flat surface, and is sealed with a cork stopper. The glass is embossed with the company’s founding year, 1820, and the company crest and signature on the back.
Winning bid £3,500
A bottle of 2014 La Tâche from Domaine De La Romanée-Conti. This is bottle number 1759, and was imported into the USA by Wilson Daniels LLC.
‘The 2014 La Tâche Grand Cru is a very refined nose, so much so that blind I might mistake it from Romanée-Conti (as I opined to Bertrand de Villaine himself). Very precise, extremely pure and with wonderful mineralite, there is a lucidity embroidered into this wine. The palate is medium-bodied, symmetrical, with a little edginess creeping in here that lends the finish a sense of animation. The fruit shades from red to more black as it opens, yet the aftertaste is extraordinarily long and persistent. There is a kind of magic in this La Tâche. 96-98/100’ Neal Martin, Dec 2015, www.robertparker.com.
Winning bid £2,600
A bottle of Port Ellen 15 Year Old. This was distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1990 for Italian importer Sestante.
Winning bid £2,400