Rare bottles from The Macallan among private whisky collection up for auction

Rare bottles from The Macallan among private whisky collection up for auction

Businessman's collection includes year runs and single bottles from top Scottish distilleries

News | 26 Feb 2020

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An 'exceptional' private collection of whisky 50 years in the making is set to go under the hammer with a UK auction house.

Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire will be conducting the sale of the collection, which comprises more than 300 bottles. It belonged to a businessman who was introduced to whisky by his father-in-law with a bottle of The Macallan 10 Years Old, which has remained his preferred dram.

The collection includes highlights such as:
  • A bottle of The Macallan 52 Years Old Select Reserve 1946, which is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000

  • A near-complete year run of The Macallan 18 Years Old from 1963 to 1997, missing only seven years

  • The Macallan 1951, which is bottle number one of 632, a rare bottling from after the Second World War, estimated at £15,000 to £20,000

  • Two bottles of The Macallan Red Ribbon from 1938 and 1950, which are estimated at £10,000 to £15,000 and £5,000 to £7,000 respectively

  • Four bottles of The Macallan Cadenheads, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, with an estimated value of £800 to £1,200 each

William McNab, Tennants' wine and whisky specialist, said: "It is a pleasure to handle such a fine collection of whisky put together with much dedication by a true connoisseur. Not only are there examples of some of the most desirable single bottles around, but there are year runs and top bottles from Scotland's finest distilleries."

The majority of the collection was bought in the UK, with approximately 20 per cent sourced from Spain, Italy, France and Holland and a handful of bottles collected from much further afield, including Barbados.

The collection also offers good collectable bottles of Glenfarclas and Glenmorangie and bottles from the top distilleries across Scotland, with a particular focus on the 1970s. In addition, the collection offers affordable bottles of single malt for drinking.

The sale catalogue will be available online from Friday, 6 March at www.tennants.co.uk and will be on view to the public from Sunday, 15 March. For further details, or to register your interest, contact William McNab on william.mcnab@tennants-ltd.co.uk.
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