Our star lot from July was an 18cl bottle of Yamazaki 1985 Sherry Wood which finished up at £2300. Two miniatures of Karuizawa 1984, bottle numbers 012 and 146 of 150, bottled for the Hong Kong Miniatures club in 2018, finished at £925 apiece. A 1990s bottling of Yamazaki 12 Year Old Distillery Label reached £600 and an Evermore 2004 Malt Set: 1974, 1977, 1978 & 1982, from the Fuji Gotemba Distillery, achieved a hammer price of £440.
In Scotland, a miniature of Bowmore 1967 40 Year Old from the much acclaimed Premier Range performed well at £1600 and a 0.7cl vial of Dalmore The 50, complete with Richard Paterson Nosing Glass finished at £440.
An Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve trade sample became this auction’s top performing rum when it reached £600.
Wrapping up the minis, an almost-full original case of Johnnie Walker Red Label miniatures, bottled in the 1970s and imported into New York by Somerset Importers, made £430.
Macallan dominated the top memorabilia lots with The Macallan in Lalique Paperweight and The Macallan Glass by Lalique selling for £210 and £140 respectively. The Macallan Clock ended punctually at £95.
There were however strong showings elsewhere such as the Remy Martin Louis XIII Pendant produced by Baccarat, which was snapped up for £360.
On the bookshelf, a copy of the Remarkable History of the Macallan Prints and the Definitive Guide to Buying Vintage Macallan finished at £410. Silviano Samaroli’s Whisky Eretico sold for £170 and Dr. Pattrick Bossard’s Brora – A Legendary Distillery (1819-1983) And Whisky wrapped up the bidding at £35.
An 18cl bottle of Suntory Pure Malt Whisky, distilled in 1985 at Yamazaki distillery, matured in sherry wood, and bottled at 45% ABV in 2000.
Winning bid £2,300
A miniature bottle of Bowmore 40 Year Old. This was distilled on 20 October 1967, matured in bourbon casks, and bottled at cask strength on 5 June 2008 as part of the Premier Range series.
Bowmore started distilling in 1779, though there is no evidence of whisky production until John Simpson was granted a licence to distill in 1816. The distillery passed through several hands, and even supplied a cask to Windsor Castle, before it was purchased by perhaps its most famous owner, Stanley P Morrison, in 1963. Bowmore maintains its own floor maltings which supply 40% of its barley, and is known for its medium-peated character. The whisky is left to mature in the No.1 Vaults, which is said to inhabit a unique microclimate, perfect for long periods of maturation.
Winning bid £1,600
A miniature bottle of Karuizawa 1984, bottled in 2018 for the Silver Jubilee of the Hong Kong Miniature Liquor Club.
This is bottle number 146 of 150.
Winning bid £925
A 10cl bottle of Appleton Estate 50 Year Old, Jamaica Independence Reserve, distilled, blended and bottled by J Wray & Nephew Ltd. This was released in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence and comes with a USB flash drive.
Winning bid £600
A miniature of The Yamazaki 12 Year Old single malt whisky from Japan, with an image of the distillery on the label. We estimate this was bottled in the 1990s.
Winning bid £600
The Evermore 2004 set contains four bottles of Japanese whisky produced at Fuji Gotemba Distillery, and a bottle of Mount Fuji spring water:
1 x 1974, 6cl, 52% ABV
1 x 1977, 6cl, 64% ABV
1 x 1978, 6cl, 51% ABV
1 x 1982, 6cl, 48% ABV
1 x Water, 50cl
Wining bid £440
A 0.7cl sample of The Dalmore 50 Year Old in a small glass vial. This comes with a nosing glass celebrating Richard Paterson’s 50 years in the whisky industry.
This is a trade sample and the bottle was never sealed with plastic.
Dalmore distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, and was taken over by the Mackenzie family in 1878. The distillery remained family-owned until 1960, when one of Dalmore’s biggest customers, Whyte & Mackay, took control of the distillery. Always a significant contributor to blends, the 12 year old expression was one of the few single malt bottlings from Dalmore. In recent times, the core range has expanded and luxury expressions such as the Constellation collection (21 vintage malts from 1964 to 1992) were released.
Winning bid £440
This lot contains 11 miniature bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label, each with its own carton and presented in the original wooden box. These were bottled for the US market and imported by Somerset Importers, New York, we estimate in the 1970s.
Winning bid £430
The Remarkable History Of The Macallan presented in a leather bordered folio. This series of 12 prints tells the story of Scotch whisky and The Macallan in copperplate writing and watercolour pictures. The pictures are reproductions of works by Sara Midda, 1975.
The same artist designed The Macallan labels for Giovinetti in the late 1990s to early 2000s.
Winning bid £410