The largest whisky collection in the world to come to auction has finally been sold – more than 9,000 bottles and 23 auctions later – at a total of £3.36m.
Unprecedented on the secondary market, Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection took more than 12 months to auction off across a series of monthly spotlight auctions and dedicated salesvia Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer.
Featuring around 5,000 Scotch single malts, more than 1,000 blended whiskies, over 600 American whiskies and hundreds of often overlooked grain whiskies and independent bottlings, Pat’s collection took more than 20 years to amass.
Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “Pat’s collection was historic, a once in a lifetime chance for whisky lovers old and new to bid on some of the most diverse bottles on the secondary market.
“It’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see a collection as large and diverse as this one, meaning this auction will go down in whisky history, setting a precedent for future collectors.”
Pat, the collection’s owner, said: “Building a whisky collection was never actually my original goal – I simply wanted to try everything and there were so many releases, distilleries and countries to explore.
“When I reached over 2,000 bottles, I decided to create a collection that represented the full picture of whisky and for me that meant everything from non-age statements, blends and world whiskies to the rarest examples – a true showcase of all sides of such a varied spirit.
“Selling the collection was a deeply emotional process for me since it has been such a huge part of my life – I feel this incredible journey has culminated in a fitting finale with these bottles entered back into the market so other people can enjoy them, perhaps with some added knowledge gained alongside.
This last auction completed 23 chances to bid, nine of which were curated exclusively from Pat’s collection. Highlights from these curated auctions include:
- The Heart & Soul: Bourbon & American Whiskey Auction (total hammer price: £376,183), 9 October 2020 – 19 October 2020.
- A Journey of Discovery: The European Bottler’s Auction (total hammer price: £302,456), 10 December 2020 – 14 December 2020.
- A Connoisseur’s Choice: Gordon & MacPhail Auction: (total hammer price: £246,209), 8 October 2021 – 18 October 2021.
- Pat’s Whisk(e)y: The Grand Finale (total hammer price: £758,223), 12 November 2021 – 22 November 2021
Highlights from across the 9,070 lots include the following hammer prices:
- Brora 1972 Rare Malts 22 Year Old / 60.02%: (total hammer price: £20,500).
- Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask #1712 / Release I: (total hammer price: £18,000).
- Highland Park 50 Year Old 2018 Release / Charity Lot: (total hammer price: £15,000).
- Glenfarclas 1953 Family Cask #1678 / Release I: (total hammer price: £10,100).
- Karuizawa 35 Year Old Bourbon Cask #8518 / Emerald Geisha: (total hammer price: £9,200).
- Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask #2111 / Release I: (total hammer price: £9,000).
- Dalmore 45 Years Old 2018 Release: (total hammer price: £8,700).
- Glenfarclas 1955 Family Cask #2211 / Release I: (total hammer price: £8,200).
- Old Rip Van Winkle 23 Year Old Family Selection / Stitzel-Weller: (total hammer price: £8,000).
- Eagle Rare 20 Year Old Double Eagle Very Rare 2020 Release: (total hammer price: £7,600).
The November lot saw Whisky Auctioneer’s largest sales month in both value and volume, with site sales including a £758,000 hammer price for the grand finale sale of Pat’s collection, with £26,200 of this grand total going to Teenage Cancer Trust, £5m in sales during its October auction, and £246,000 raised through a specialist Gordon & MacPhail auction.