A rare package that includes two rare bottles of Ardbeg single malt whisky could fetch £8,000 when it goes under the hammer at McTear’s Auctioneers next week.

One of only 250 limited edition sets, The Ardbeg Double Barrel includes two single cask expressions of 1974 Ardbeg in hand-blown bottles with Sterling silver labels.

The bottles are contained within a lockable leather case from Purdey and Sons and the set also includes an Omas pen, a leather-bound Sampling Register to record tasting notes and a leather-bound book on shooting folklore.

The luxury lot is finished off with the addition of eight numbered sterling silver Hamilton & Inches cups.

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Commenting on the auction, McTear’s whisky specialist, Laurie Black, said: “We are used to seeing whisky packaged in ornate wooden boxes and crystal decanters but this really is a quite magnificent set.

“However, don’t for a second think that this is all about the packaging. The 1974 Ardbeg is an outstanding single malt and is more than a match for the other luxurious items in the Double Barrel lot.”

The Ardbeg Double Barrel will be one of more than 300 lots featuring in McTear’s Rare and Collectable Whisky Auction on Wednesday 19th October.

Other notable whiskies include a 1937 Macallan, which has an estimate of between £1,800 and £2,200, a 22-year-old Port Ellen, which could fetch up to £2,000, and a rare bottle of 34-year-old Bunnahabhain with a price tag of between £800 and £900.

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