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Hello and welcome to the newsletter for our 62nd Auction.
This month's auction is particularly blessed with amazing bottles with many hailing from the early decades of the 20th Century and 1950s, 60s and 70s are well represented too and Big Peatrie has selected his favourites and you can see his vLog here.
First up we have a simple wonderful Springbank 50 year old distilled in 1919. This lot comes with a letter detailing the distillation and bottling date for this wonderful bottle.
Next up is The Borderers' Blend. Our second bottle this month from the early 20th Century this was bottled by Berwick Brewery Ltd and was bottled some time between 1899 and 1925.
White Horse canters in third with a bottle from 1922. This iconic blend would have contained a large portion of single malt (a generous amount of this would have been Lagavulin and the fabled Maltmill) and offers a view of a bygone era.
There is quintet of 1930s single malts from Gordon & MacPhail. A Strathisla 1937, a Glenlivet, an Old Elgin and a MacPhail's from 1938 and a Linkwood from 1939. Gordon & MacPhail are masters of bottlings from this era as they were amongst first independent bottler to lay down stocks with the intention of bottling them at far greater ages than was the fashion at the time.
Glenfarclas brings a 50 year old bottled to celebrate the Bicentenary Of John Grant's birth, Luc Timmermans' highly regarded 1968 bottling and three independently bottled 40 year olds two from the SMWS, 1.130 & 1.183, and one from Cadenhead's also make themselves known.
Another great whisky family called Grant bring us a Balvenie Tun 1401 Collection, a Balvenie Vintage Cask 1971, a Glenfiddich 1974 Rare Collection and aHazelwood Reserve, the bottles of which were never available to the public and only given to family and friends.
The 1960s is our decade of the month with nearly 100 bottles of whisky that were distilled during the decade. Highlights include bottles from Dailuaine bottled by Douglas Laing, Cadenhead's brings us an Aberlour, a Ben Nevis and an Ord,Glenmorangie's legendary 1963 joins us as does an Old Malt Cask from Banffand a Glen Mhor from 1969.
As it is the Feis Ile this month we bring you the Port Ellen Feis Ile 2008, aBowmore 1965 bottled for the Prestonfield Hotel and a Laphroaig 1968 26 Year Old Hart Brothers. There is also a Lagavulin bottled by the SMWS, 111.2, a 35 Year Old Bruichladdich, a Bunnahabhain from 1965.
Phew, ladies and gentlemen, this is but a fraction of the amazing bottles that are in this month's auction so please feel free to peruse the auction and you are sure to find some real gems.
All the best from us here at SWA HQ!