Sotheby’s Announces Largest Online Whiskey Auction, Launching Aug. 26

Sotheby’s will launch its largest online spirits auction, with more than 250 lots, starting Aug. 26.

The auction, titled simply “Distilled,” will feature whiskies from Scotland, Japan and India, and proceeds will be donated to Diageo’s charity partner WaterAid.

From The Macallan Collection’s most sought-after releases to an array of rare Italian Scotch — including the highly acclaimed Samaroli Laphroaig 1970 – to the first full set of the new Prima & Ultima Collection, the auction offers 267 total lots.

The Macallan Collection includes vintages spanning from 1940 to 1976, including the Fine and Rare 56 year old, the second oldest age statement in the Fine & Rare collection. Macallan was one of the only distilleries to operate during World War II and was forced to use local peat due to the rationing of commercial coal use. As a result, this particular distillate represents a very different character to modern Macallan. Only 152 bottles of this whisky known to exist.

Distilled also includes the first release of The Prima & Ultima Collection, following the inaugural launch of a new series of single vintage malt whiskies that has only just been announced by distillery owner Diageo. Only 238 sets were available, Set 1 at auction here is signed by Dr. Jim Beveridge, OBE, one of the world’s most respected whisky makers. The winning bidder will also secure an exclusive whisky tasting experience with Dr. Beveridge.

“We are thrilled to present our second spirits auction of the month and our largest online auction,” Jonny Fowle, a Sotheby’s spirits specialist, said in a news release announcing the auction. “The quality and variety of bottles offered in this sale are a testament both to the strength of the current whisky market and of our success in developing our online auction format throughout 2020.”

Open bidding begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and continues through Sept. 1.

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