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3 days ago
Chivas 'Oldest blend yet' fetches £21,780 at auction.
A 50-year-old, very limited edition of only four bottles that was released to celebrate the anniversary of Manchester United's 1968 European Cup achievement has sold for £21,780 at auction.
Chivas Regal is a brand of blended whisky founded in 1801 by the Chivas brothers, which today is a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. The Chivas brothers had initially operated a grocery store in Aberdeen, selling luxury food items of the time, which gained the store a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1843. Following the award of the Royal Warrant, the Chivas brothers started to produce blended whisky in the 1850s. In 2001 the Chivas Brothers company was bought by Pernod Ricard.
Manchester United scored four goals in the final of the 1968 European Cup against Benfica, making Man U the first English team to win the cup. Chivas' limited release of only four bottles celebrates these fine goals from that phenomenal night. Although four bottles have been produced, this bottle is the only bottle that was available to purchase to the general public (Via Auction). One is planned to be given away through a social media competition to a Manchester United fan who has supported the club since that time. The second was sent to be displayed in the Manchester United Museum and will be offered for the club's private sale at an end of season event. The fourth will be put on display at Chivas Regal's distillery, named Strathisla.
The auctioned bottle was number three, which was sold during a charity auction held by Sotheby's via an online auction that closed on 30 November. The money raised will go to the Manchester United Foundation, the foundation that aims to give youngsters across the Greater Manchester area a better life through football.
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4 days ago
So for just £5, you could be in with a chance to win a set of limited edition Highland Park Light and Dark bottles worth £380.
All you have to do is answer 3 question correctly and you're name will be entered into our prize draw which will be held on the 18th December 2018.
The Highland Park Dark and Light bottlings have been inspired by the spring and summer months on the island of Orkney, home to Highland Park.
The Dark released in 2017, is a 17-year-old single malt that has been matured in sherry casks, giving it aromas of dried fruits, nuts and herbs that continue into the palate, where they are joined by distinctive notes of smoky peat. The Dark is a limited edition release of 28,000 bottles.
The Light released in 2018 is a fresh and zesty take on the HP character, switching out the more traditional sherry casks for refill American oak casks and focusing on pear, vanilla and soft spice. The Light is also a limited release of 28,000 bottles.
The prize draw is limited to a maximum number of 300 total entries and only 5 entries per person. Only entries with the correct answers to the following questions will be entered into the draw. The questions are...
1. Approximately How Many Litres Does A Hogshead Hold?
A) 250 Litres
B) 350 Litres
C) 450 Litres
2. In Which Whisky Region Does The Macallan Distillery Lie?
3. What Year Was The Port Ellen Distillery Founded?
Please enter your answers into the "Additional Information" text box when checking out of the Platinum Cask online shop.
The competition will close for entries at 12:00 GMT +7 on Tuesday the 18th December 2018. With the live draw taking place 1 hour later. The live draw will take place on the Platinum Cask Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PlatinumCaskLTD/ We will also contact the winner following the draw to congratulate them.
Postage of the bottles is included in the prize, however, any taxes or duties would be the responsibility of the winner.
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4 days ago
Bladnoch Flora and Fauna is now part of Fah Mai Holdings Rare Whisky Collection
Bladnoch Distillery has had a long and turbulent past. Now into its 200th year the distillery has changed hands and closed numerous times since it opened way back in 1817.
Its first closure came almost 100 years after its foundation in 1905, and it remained closed until 1911 when Irish whiskey manufacturer Dunville & Co reopened it.
Under Dunville & Co. Bladnoch production was intermittent eventually ceasing with the outbreak of WWII only the maltings continued until 1949.
In 1956 Bladnoch was reopened by A.B Grant and would remain in production until 1993 having been under the ownership of Inver House Distillers, Arthur Bell & Sons, Guinness and finally United Distillers.
Just one year later in 1994 Irishman Raymond Armstrong discovered the mothballed distillery while on holiday in Scotland and set about recommissioning it, commencing production in 2000. In 2009 the first batch of 8-Year-Old Scotch was ready for release; unfortunately, the company running Bladnoch would go into Administration just five years later in 2014.
Finally, the distillery was purchased in July 2015 by Australian entrepreneur David Prior with production restarting in 2017, two hundred years after it first started producing whisky.
The Flora and Fauna collection was initially released in 1991 and at the time contained 22 different whiskies, in 1998 a further nine whiskies were released, at cask strength, followed by an additional 4 whiskies in 2001. In total 35 whiskies have been released as part of The Flora and Fauna collection.
This particular bottle from the Lowland region was aged for 10 years, bottled in 2005 at 43% ABV.
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5 days ago
Glenlivet 64 years and Caol Ila 50 years from G&M
Two single cask releases from famed independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, firstly a 50-year-old Caol Ila from 1968, bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% ABV, stated as the oldest ever bottling of Caol Ila. Secondly and with 14 years seniority, a Glenlivet 1954 aged for 64 years and bottled at a cask strength of 41% ABV.
The Glenlivet distillery was founded in 1824, once an illicit distillery, as were many other distilleries in Scotland at that time, Glenlivet's fate was changed when King George IV visiting Edinburgh in 1822, ordered his men to fetch some Glenlivet for a feast. A year later, Parliament approved the Excise Act, effectively making Scotch whisky's production legal and profitable. The following year, Glenlivet founder George Smith succeed in licensing Glenlivet becoming one of the first licenced distilleries in Speyside. Glenlivet would come to be known as a generic term used to describe whisky produced in Glenlivet region of Speyside which would lead to years of argument amongst various distilleries over the right to use the name. Following legal action to claim ownership on The Glenlivet name by John Gordon Smith after the death of his father in 1871. Many distilleries started to hyphenate their names, such as The Macallan-Glenlivet or The Glenfarclas-Glenlivet. As the years have passed many have sesed to continue this practice.
Caol Ila pronounced ‘cull-eela’, was founded in 1846. The distillery changed hands many times yet remained open until 1942 when due to wartime restrictions on the supply of barley to distillers it had to close. After the end of World War II in 1945, the distillery reopened, and production continued until 1972 when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished, and a larger distillery was then built in its place.
Designed by George Leslie Darge with his trademark glazed curtain walls to the still houses, production resumed in 1974.
Today Coal Ila is owned by Diageo and primarily produces whisky for blending, almost 95% of there output is destined for blending, mostly for Johnny Walker.
The Glenlivet 1954 is released with only 222 decanters, priced at £9,950. The Caol Ila 1968 is also a limited edition with just 199 decanters, priced at £7,500. Both special editions from G&M Private Collection will be available around the world with a variety of price for international markets.
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6 days ago
Auchroisk Flora and Fauna is now part of Fah Mai Holdings Rare Whisky Collection
The Flora and Fauna collection was originally started in 1991 and at the time contained 22 different whiskies, in 1998 a further 9 whiskies were released, at cask strength, followed by a further 4 whiskies in 2001. In total 35 whiskies have been released as part of The Flora and Fauna collection.
The Auchroisk distillery was established in 1972 to replicate the whisky produced by the Glen Spey distillery, which was used by Justerini & Brooks to produce malt whisky for their blends.
This particular bottle was aged for 10 years, bottled in 2005 at 43% ABV.
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7 days ago
New Star Trek whisky announced by Silver Screen Bottling Company,
Named after the much-loved character originally played by James Doohan in the TV show and Simon Pegg in the later movie version, Montgomery Scott is the fourth Star Trek inspired release from Silver Screen.
Montgomery Scot or Scotty as he was affectionately known is the chief engineer of the starship Enterprise. He is a Scottish with easy going and humorous character, he loves to drink scotch very much that hid them in the ship in case of "emergency". Scotty has a famous and all-time fan's favourite scene when he took a bottle of dusty old scotch hid in an ornament then beat an invading alien in a drinking challenge, he could have almost saved the day if not for falling asleep from his drunkness.
This fourth edition in Star Trek series from Silver Screen follows the Ten-Forward Vodka inspired by the lounge on board the U.S.S. Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation and two Bourbon bottlings which are James T. Kirk and James T. Kirk Reserve, named after Captain Kirk.
The Silver Screen Bottling Company are an independent spirits bottler that specialises in themed releases such as the Star Trek - Montgomery Scott, along with other well-known icons from the worlds of film, television, gaming, music, and sports.
This whisky comes in a 750ml bottle for $49.95 (£39.11), bottled at 40% ABV. Montgomery Scott will be available from March, but is now available for pre-order through the Montgomery Scott Scotch website:
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1 week ago
First Million Pound Whisky sold at auction.
A 60-Year-Old Macallan from 1926, fetched £1.2m (including buyer’s premium) yesterday, smashing the previous world record of £848,750 held by a 60-Year-Old Macallan from 1926 labelled by Valerio Adami.
The auction was held by Christie's auction house in London, with a number of other ultra-rare whiskies also selling for more than a hundred thousand pounds, including Macallan Lalique 50-Year-Old, Springback 1919, Yamazaki 50-Year-Old First Edition.
Although the new champion and ex-champion were drawn from the same cask, 12 bottles of the Valerio edition were produced whereas only 1 bottle was hand-painted by Michael Dillon.
Macallan 1926 series was released in 1986 with only 40 bottles, each was £20,000. The 40 bottles contain sub-series including regular bottles, 2 sets of 12 bottles label designed by pop artists Peter Blake and Valerio Adami, and the hand-painted by Michael Dillon.
Son of Lord and Lady Dillon, Michael Dillon is an Irish artist who specializes in mural painting. Although he travels around the world to undertake commissions mostly for private residences, he has painted for the big names too, his works are sought-after to many including a £9,000 panel at Fortnum & Mason sold at Bonhams. Dillon didn't take his art seriously until in his late 20s, he worked in farming before embarked the artist path.
This record-breaking sale of Dillons 1926 Macallan comes towards the end of a record-breaking year, the record for the most valuable bottle of whisky in the world has been broken more times this year than we care to count! That's a story for another day.
What this does show however is the huge amount of money that is being focused on the purchase of rare whisky and with such huge sums being spent on the rare and ultra-rare bottles it can only continue to drive prices higher.
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