Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Wine and Whisky Sale on 12th December took place just in time for the Christmas season, with buyer’s looking for something special to mark the end of the year at home in place of the usual Christmas parties.
Suitably in demand was a good selection of Champagne, which achieved a 100% sold rate. Coming out on top was two bottles of 1945 Heidsieck & Co. Dry Monopole Champagne, which sold for £450. Unusual specialist liqueurs sold strongly too: a bottle of Hennessy Cognac Silver Top Tome Decanter sold for £250, a 1950s bottling of Gordon’s Special Dry London Gin sold for £140, and a 1960s bottling by Edward Young & Co. of Blue Mountain Jamaica Rum sold for £380.
Good selling rates were also seen for Fine Wine, such as a case of twelve bottles of Château Lynch Bages 1996 Pauillac, which sold for £1,300. The Whisky section saw good prices for bottles from the so-called ‘Silent Distilleries’. Amongst popular lots were a bottle of Rosebank 21 Years Old from a limited edition distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014, which sold for £580. A bottle of Rosebank 12 Years Old from the Flora and Fauna release sold for £260, and a bottle of Littlemill 17 Years Old from independent bottlers William Cadenhead sold for £160.
Further notable bottles of whisky included a bottle of The Macallan Private Eye, issued to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the satirical magazine. The present bottle was number 1949 of 5000 and sold for £2,500. A bottle of Glenfiddich 1978 Private Vintage Single malt specially selected for Virgin Atlantic in its original wooden presentation case sold for £1,100.