You’ve really got to love whiskey to collect 9000 bottles of it. But you’ve definitely got to love money more for putting them straight to auction! We’re referring to the tale of a spirit-loving gentleman who recently sold his personal collection of whiskies for a whopping $4.4.5 million!
Known as ‘Pat,’ the anonymous whiskey buff offered his choicest collection via Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer. Comprising of 9070 bottles, the assortment took over a year to sell across a series of monthly spotlight auctions and dedicated sales.
As reported by dailyrecord.co.uk, the collection featured over 5000 Scotch single malts, 1000 blended whiskies, 600 American whiskeys, and hundreds of often-overlooked grain whiskies and independent bottlings. The most noted spirits included a Brora 1972 Rare Malts 22-Year-Old, Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask #1712, a Highland Park 50-Year-Old 2018 Release, and a Japanese Karuizawa 35-Year-Old Bourbon Cask #8518 / Emerald Geisha.
Commenting on it, Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said, “Pat’s Whisk(e)y 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. The variety of whiskies on offer was unique, with whiskies accessible at every price point, hopefully inspiring the next generation of collectors.”
He further added, “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.” Noting similarly, Pat himself added:
“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 2000 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,” he noted anonymously.
Here’s raising a toast to all that whiskey goodness!
[Via: Scottish Daily Express]