May 24, 2013 – A bottle of The Macallan Anniversary Malt from 1983 led the bidding at this week’s McTear’s auction of rare whiskies in Glasgow with a bid of £18,000 ($27,200 USD). The whisky was distilled in 1928, and the bottle was #207 of 500 produced by The Macallan.
While the Anniversary Malt was by far the best performer, with a pre-sale estimate of between £14-16,000, other Macallans filled out the list of high bids. A 1950 Macallan sold for £1,900, while a special “Nicol’s Nectar” bottling of casks selected by former master blender Peter Nicol on his retirement in 1996 went for £1,000.
The highest-performing non-Macallan whisky at the auction was a blended Scotch — a rare bottle of J.W.& S. Ltd. Hill Street 1956 Blended Scotch Whisky that sold for £1,600 ($2,420 USD). John Walker & Sons bottled the whisky in a Johnnie Walker Swing-style bottle to mark the opening of its new offices on Kilmarnock’s Hill Street September 11, 1956.
The next McTear’s whisky auction is scheduled for June 26.
Links: McTear’s Catalog