A set of four bottles of Suntory Sherry Wood Pure Malt Whisky. Each one was distilled at Yamazaki in consecutive years 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. They were then matured for 15 years in sherry wood before bottling.
They were certified by the late Keizo Saji with the exception of the 1985. Regrettably, Mr Saji died in November 1999, shortly after the 1984 was bottled.
The 1983 is bottle number 5153 of 6000.
The 1984 is bottle number 2135 of 3600.
The 1985 is bottle number 806 of 1200.
Winning bid £8,100
A very old bottle of 10 year old Irish Whiskey from Wm. Jameson & Co. produced at the Marrowbone distillery in Dublin.
This was imported into the USA by Spirits Import Co. of 60 East 42nd Street, New York. The label reads: This is a pure pot still whiskey and not a blend.
The Marrowbone Lane distillery was built in 1752. By 1802 it was listed under the name of John Jameson and John Stein.
At its peak the Marrowbone Lane distillery was one of Ireland’s biggest with a capacity of 900,000 gallons. It was run by William Jameson, a relative of John Jameson of the renowned Jameson’s Whiskey.
After hitting financial difficulties, the William Jameson & Co. merged with George Roe’s Thomas Street distillery and the Dublin Whiskey Distillery Company’s Jones Road distillery to form the Dublin Distilleries Company Ltd.
Following the Irish war of independence, the Anglo-Irish trade war and then American prohibition The Marrowbone Lane distillery closed in 1923. The George Roe’s Thomas Street distillery closed shortly afterwards in 1926.
Winning bid £4,600
A very rare single-cask whisky from Bruichladdich which was distilled on 22 March 1960 and matured for 13 years in a sherry cask. The rear label reads: bottled in September, 1973 at natural strength of 100 proof.
Winning bid £7,100
A hand-blown crystal decanter of Macallan 25 Year Old, distilled in 1962 and bottled in 1987. The decanter was produced by Tudor Crystal of Wordsley, Worcestershire, to an 18th century design.
Winning bid £3,700
A very old bottle of Black & White blended Scotch whisky. We estimate this was bottled in the first decade of the 1900s. The label carries a Royal Warrant by Appointment to His Majesty The King and HRH the Prince of Wales.
The back label reads:
“BLACK & WHITE.”
At The British and Foreign Spirits Select Committee, appointed by the Government in 1890, under the presidency of Lord (then Dr.) Playfair, Dr. Bell, C.B., the Chief Analytical Chemist of the Government spoke in terms of high appreciation of a sample of Scotch Whisky, saying “From the general fine character of the sample there is reason to believe that it has been warehoused for many years etc.” Fifteen Years Later the Medical Magazine (October 1905) says “The statement made by Dr. Bell is as true to-day as it was then.”
Winning bid £2,500
A 150cl magnum of The Macallan 25 Year Old. This was bottled for Christopher & Co., the historic London wine merchant, to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Christopher & Co. held Royal Warrants from five British monarchs in the 20th century, starting in 1902.
Winning bid £5,100
A bottle of Arbeg 10 Year Old, in a clear glass bottle with black label. We estimate this was bottled in the 1960s.
Winning bid £2,000
A very old bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey.
The bottle is what is known as Bonders or Publicans Bottling; ie whiskey sold by the barrel to Spirit Bonders and Publicans who then bottle the whiskey on their own premises using labels supplied by the distillery.
The distillery supplied the labels and capsules and the Publican inserted his own name on the label. This rare example was bottled by Thomas Preston of the County hotel pub, 2 Islington, Liverpool for sale on his premises.
The number is likely to be Thomas Preston’s own Bond number rather than a distillery batch number for the whiskey.
We estimate this was bottled between 1891 and 1906.
This is bottle number 1025.
Winning bid £1,850