Whisky history was made last night (Monday 22 February 2021) as the curtain came down on the auction of the ‘Perfect Collection’ of whisky.

With a total final hammer price* of $9,100,000 (£6,675,000), the collection of 3,900 bottles has become the highest value private collection ever to sell on the secondary market at an auction dedicated to one single collector’s whisky. The auction has been hosted in two parts by market leaders Whisky Auctioneer due to the sheer scale of Mr Gooding’s whisky library – a man who dedicated two decades of his life in pursuit of the perfect collection.

Last night marked the end of Part Two of the sale, which saw 1,557 distinct bidders in total from 54 countries battling it out for over 1,900 lots of some of the most exciting whiskies in existence. The most expensive bottle in the collection, The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare 60 Year Old, sold for a hammer price of $1.4m (£1m) – the first time a single bottle of whisky has sold at an online only auction for one million pounds. Part one of the auction saw The Macallan 1926 Valerio Adami 60 Year Old sell for $1m (£825,000) at hammer price – the first bottle in an online auction to achieve $1m.

With multiple high value results and world records achieved during the sale, Whisky Auctioneer has firmly established a fresh approach that challenges the mould of the traditional auction model with its accessible online platform, original content, price transparency and unparalleled expertise.

By bringing the value and the stories of the incredible expressions in Mr. Gooding’s Collection to life, the Perth-based online auction house has connected whisky lovers and investors worldwide to one-of-a-kind bottles, resulting in some of the highest value whisky sales ever seen on the secondary market.

Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer said:

“This auction was solely dedicated to one collector’s magnificent library of whisky – a man who was dedicated to building The Perfect Collection.  As enthusiasts of whisky ourselves, we knew that this collection deserved its own spotlight to allow us to truly convey the rarity and sheer scale of something so historic. In total, Mr. Gooding’s collection has sold for over $9m at hammer price, with two bottles breaking $1m each.

“The results from The Perfect Collection clearly show that our auction model is significantly shaking up the traditional secondary market. By bringing transparency, true expertise and engaging content to our customers we are offering something fresh, yet accessible to those across the globe interested in whisky.

“It has been a privilege for us to share Mr Gooding’s legacy with the world and we would like to thank everyone who participated in making whisky history. With so many incredible bottles attracting the attention of high value investors and passionate collectors across the world, the sale is one for the record books – not just for Whisky Auctioneer but for the whisky industry as a whole.”

Other significant results include record prices for historic malts from Scotland’s ‘lost’ distilleries such as Dallas Dhu, showcasing the surge in interest when it comes to the history and provenance of rare bottlings from distilleries of the past.

Specific auction result highlights from The Perfect Collection: Part Two include:

  • The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare 60 Year Old 75cl / US Import – hammer price: $1,410,000 (£1,000,000)
  • The Macallan 1972 Fine & Rare 29 Year Old – hammer price: $42,300 (£30,000) – (highest recorded sale to date £17.5K)
  • The Macallan 1940 Fine & Rare 37 Year Old – hammer price: $39,480 (£28,000) – (highest recorded sale to date £26K)
  • Bowmore 1967 Largiemeanoch 12 Year Old – hammer price: $32,430 (£23,000) – (highest recorded sale to date £15K)
  • Balvenie 1961 Vintage Cask #4194 1 of 1 – hammer price: $23,265 (£16,500)
  • Dallas Dhu 1921 Private Cask 64 Year Old #296 – hammer price: $21,855 (£15,500)

Described as ‘The Perfect Collection’, Mr. Gooding’s whisky library has generated extensive global interest due to its coveted and rare bottles, as well as its sheer size; in total, Mr. Gooding amassed 3,900 bottles of primarily single malt whisky.

In testimony to the global demand for whisky, last year was a record year for Whisky Auctioneer as it experienced huge growth in its online customer base and announced its expansion into Europe with a new base in Germany. The business currently sees over 100,000 bids per month and has conducted deliveries to 74 countries across the globe.

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On Planet Whisky, few can beat the clout of Diageo.
In Scotland, Diageo owns 50 out of the 130-odd whisky distilleries. Cult names like Caol Ila, Talisker and Mortlach are amongst them. It also holds one of the largest inventories of whisky stocks in the world, some of which come from shuttered (but soon-to-be-resurrected) distilleries like Port Ellen and Brora.
Sitting at the pinnacle of Diageo’s massive whisky empire is the Rare and Exceptional, a portfolio of the company’s most-prized liquids. “On average we see fewer than 10 Rare & Exceptional releases a year,” says Adam Brewer, in an earlier interview we did with the head of private client sales. “There are usually fewer than 2,000 bottles per release, made on a global level, but it can be as few as 90 bottles. Once the bottles are sold out, the only opportunity to own one of these is if a collector chooses to make his or her own bottle available on the secondary market.”
John Walker & Sons King George V
“Rare and exceptional” as they may be, these highly-coveted bottles are made more accessible via a dedicated online store, which Diego launched in November last year. There are 48 bottles at the time of writing, with a price range of $150 (Cardhu 11 Year Old Special Release 2020) to $23,400 (Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve 40 Year Old).
At our recent taster of the range, we were introduced to six bottles — John Walker & Sons King George V, Talisker 25 Year Old, Pittyvaich 28 Year Old, Pittyvaich 29 Year Old, Lagavulin 12 Year Old and The Singleton of Dufftown 25 Year Old. The first is a rich, creamy and highly drinkable blend of whiskies drawn from distilleries across Scotland that existed during the reign of King George V, including extremely rare casks from the silent Port Ellen. Its sweet, smoky aroma follows with notes of orange, raisins, figs and cinnamon, which are balanced by hints of vanilla, chocolate and toffee. Those new to maritime whisky brand Talisker will find a great initiation with the classic 25 Year Old, which has a whiff of the ocean on the nose, a medium body of citrus fruits and a long finish that is dry, toasty and slightly bitter.
Talisker 25 Year Old
The Pittyvaichs are especially pleasing. Hailing from a ghost 18-year-old distillery — one of the shortest ever lived on Speyside — that fell victim to industry consolidation in 1993, the two bottles have a mellow and a complex sweet-floral structure. The 28 Year Old is reminiscent of a gingery fruit cake, with traces of lemon zest, honey, mint, ripe red apple, vanilla and coconut, while its older sister, double-matured in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso seasoned casks has a rich, fruity depth that ends dry and spicy, like a dense, powdered ginger tea. Both have less than 5,000 in availability.
Lagavulin’s 12 Year Old expression will appeal to fans of peated whisky. The pale-gold single-malt features top notes of ash and linseed oil, followed by light fruity notes of hard candy and a faint suggestion of the sea.
When it comes to smoothness, The Singleton is a clear winner. Its 25 Year Old, one of the oldest releases from the Dufftown distillery, is rich and dark, with sophisticated berry fruit aromas and flavours of peach and passionfruit. Only one cask in the brand’s 50,000 maturing whisky stock makes it to the Rare and Exceptional list, which only deems this bottle all the more desirable.
The Singleton of Dufftown 25 Year Old
If you’re faced with choice paralysis and love a more personal touch to your whisky shopping experience, make an appointment with Diageo’s Private Client team at its swanky office. You might even be privy to hush-hush whisky stocks that are unavailable online.
(Main and featured image: Pittyvaich 29 Year Old; all other images courtesy of Diageo)
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