A bottle of 1983 Karuizawa, bottled by Number One Drinks in 2013 for Speciality Drinks.
Winning bid £4,200
Havana Club releases only 1000 bottles of its Maximo Extra Anejo Rum each year, blended from its oldest and finest stocks. It’s an elegant rum presented in a hand-blown crystal decanter inspired by the decorative arts of Cuba and the crystal stopper displays the ‘Girardilla’ symbol of the city of Havana.
Winning bid £900
Attendees of the 2013 Tokyo International Bar Show were treated to this limited edition bottling of cask strength Yamazaki. It was aged in Mizunara, a particularly fragrant oak native to Japan, that is also prone to leaks and flaws and too costly for widespread use in the whisky industry.
Winning bid £1,350
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.
The back label reads: We guarantee the age of Macallan-Glenlivet indicated on the label and we certify this age is reserved exclusively in Italy for Edwards And Edwards – Salo.
This is bottle number 142.
Winning bid £4,200
Named after the founder of Singapore, the Raffles Hotel was established in 1887 and remains one of the country’s most prestigious addresses. Around the time the hotel celebrated its centenary, a special, limited edition Macallan was released featuring its luxurious colonial style building on the label. It’s certainly one of the most unusual bottles in The Macallan’s long bottling history.
Winning bid £3,800
A limited edition bottle of Hibiki 17 Year Old with a hand painted label, The White Heron Beckons, by Japanese artist Shirasagi. The label pictures an egret, a type of heron native to Japan. This is one of 2000 bottles.
Winning bid £3,300
A 1965 vintage whisky from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This whisky was distilled at Springbank in November 1965, and bottled in June 1996.
Winning bid £2,200
Back when this Glendronach 1968 was bottled in 1993 you could still bring bottles on to a plane. Passangers of All Nippon Airways (ANA) needn’t have bothered though, at least four of these single sherry cask were bottled exclusively for ANA.
Cask number 13 (which we have here) was joined by cask numbers 12, 16 and 25. We like to imagine First Class passangers enjoyed horizontal tastings of all four.
Winning bid £1,700