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Whisky Auctioneer reveals over £50M total hammer price for 2022 - including a £35k Ardbeg

A Perth-based whisky auction company has had a great year.

Published: December 21, 2022
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Scottish whisky auction site, Whisky Auctioneer, is celebrating a successful 2022 after the total hammer price of lots sold through its auctions reached over £50 million.

New world records were set for distilleries across the industry such as Port Ellen, a legendary "lost" distillery on Islay, after a 12 year old whisky bottled for the Queen’s Visit in 1980, reached a record-breaking £100,000.

A 1974 vintage Ardbeg also became the most expensive bottle of Ardbeg ever sold, attaining a hammer price of £35,000.

The bottles were won by bidders in Hong Kong and Switzerland respectively, highlighting the increasing interest across the globe for rare whiskies.

Derbyshire's White Peak distillery also saw strong results for its inaugural Wire Works whisky after Bottle No.1 sold for a hammer price of £9,900 becoming the most expensive bottle of English whisky sold at auction.

The Scottish company, headquartered in Perth, has welcomed 21 new staff members this year across the UK and Germany, bringing its total headcount to 74.

Iain McClune, Whisky Auctioneer’s founder, said: “2022 was another year of progress at Whisky Auctioneer, with the opening of our London office, record-breaking results and the development of new and continued partnerships across the whisky industry.

“As we reflect on 2022, it is amazing to look back on everything Whisky Auctioneer has achieved. 2023 will be our tenth anniversary which we are excited to celebrate, and I can’t wait to see how the next decade unfolds."

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Whisky Auctioneer welcomed over 10,500 new registered users and so far this year has seen 2.2million bids across 115,000 lots which were shipped to buyers in 67 countries around the world.

In 2022, following success at the headquarters in Central Scotland and the EU office in Germany, capacity increased further to support the whisky community with the opening of a London office.

Whisky Auctioneer partnered with brands across the industry to deliver a number of charity initiatives, including: Chivas Brothers, William Grant & Sons, Nc’nean, White Peak and more, raising £200,000 in the course of 2022. To date, the company has contributed to raising over £1m for those in need.

The final sale of 2022 will go live on 22 December and feature nearly 10,000 whiskies and spirits.

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Highlights include a 63 year old Ben Nevis distilled in 1926, over 400 Springbank expressions - notably a 1952 vintage which is one of only 24 bottles in the world - and Italian independent bottlings from Samaroli, including a 12 year old Islay malt, generally assumed to be Port Ellen, that has never been offered at auction before.

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Bottles in the BEN auction

Whisky Auctioneer will also partner with Scottish drinks industry charity, The BEN, to host a spotlight charity auction in this sale. The BEN have received bottle donations from companies across the industry, with all funds raised to go to supporting those in the drinks industry.

To find out more about Whisky Auctioneer and to register to take part in upcoming auctions, visit their website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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