A bottle of The Balvenie 50 Year Old, distilled in 1937 and bottled in 1987.
In 1987, 500 bottles of this 1937 vintage were made, all of which were sold by the distillery to pioneering whisky retailers John and Wallace Milroy, who had a close relationship with owners William Grant, and at the time were among the only people who had seen the potential of single malt whisky as a luxury product.
The Milroys were quick to export the Balvenie 1937 to their agents all over the world and the 500 bottles were soon all sold out – even though, at the time, Balvenie itself was relatively obscure and 50 year-old whiskies almost unknown.
Winning bid £19,500
A bottle of Port Ellen 23 Year Old, distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2003 from a single cask by independent bottler Wilson & Morgan.
Winning bid £725
A bottle of Laphroaig 27 Year Old, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2007. This bottling was drawn from five oloroso sherry casks selected by Master Blender Robert Hicks and Distillery Manager John Campbell, and bottled at cask strength with no colour added.
Winning bid £2,700
A bottle of The Macallan 25 Year OId, distilled in 1958 and bottled in 1984 for the Anniversary Malt range.
Winning bid £3,300
A bottle Laphroaig 10 Year Old. This was imported for the Italian market by Mario Rossi, we estimate in the 1960s.
Winning bid £3,700
A bottle of Glen Garioch 13 Year Old, matured in fino sherry casks and bottled for Samaroli. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.
Many of these Samaroli Glen Gariochs have passed into legend – the company got its hands on great casks and has bottled stunning expressions from this distillery.
This is bottle number 458.
Winning bid £2,000
A bottle of Talisker distilled in 1978, matured in two sherry butts and bottled by R W Duthie in 1992 for Italian importer, Samaroli.
This is bottle number 1275 of 1572.
Winning bid £1,300
This lot contains the entire Highland Park Valhalla Collection:
A bottle of Highland Park Thor 16 Year Old. This is the first release, named after Thor, the Norse God of thunder, defender of mankind, and creator of Orkney’s Yesnaby cliffs. One of 23000 bottles.
A bottle of Highland Park Loki 15 Year Old. This is the second release, named after Loki, a figure from Norse mythology. The son of two giants, he revels in mischief and treachery and constantly challenges the gods. One of 21000 bottles.
A bottle of Highland Park Freya 15 Year Old. This is the third release, named after Freya, the Norse Goddess of love and fertility. One of 19000 bottles.
A bottle of Highland Park Odin 16 Year Old. This is the fourth and final release, named after Odin, father of the Norse Gods and ruler of Asgard. One of 17000 bottles.
Winning bid £1,100