For sale: one £8m whisky col­lec­tion

● Nearly 4,000 bot­tles up for grabs ● Val­ued at £8m

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By ILONA AMOS

Some of the rarest bot­tles of whisky in the world are to be of­fered for sale to the pub­lic next year.

The auc­tion of the world’s largest pri­vate col­lec­tion con­tains nearly 4,000 bot­tles from Scot­land’s top dis­til­leries, in­clud­ing some val­ued at more than £1 mil­lion. Many have never been seen at auc­tion.

The hoard is ex­pected to fetch £8m.

“Its sheer scale and rar­ity makes it one of the most ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies in the whisky world”

IAIN MCCLUNE

Founder of Whisky Auc­tion­eer

Whisky afi­ciona­dos will have the chance to get their hands on some of the rarest and most sought-af­ter bot­tles of Scotch in the world as the largest pri­vate col­lec­tion to be of­fered for sale to the pub­lic goes un­der the ham­mer next year.

But they will need to have deep pock­ets to get hold of the most prized drams as some bot­tles are val­ued at more than £1 mil­lion each.

The en­tire hoard, which con­tains nearly 4,000 bot­tles, is ex­pected to sell for £8 mil­lion.

It is made up of some of the most cov­eted, valu­able and rare bot­tles from Scot­land’s top dis­til­leries – in­clud­ing The Ma­callan, Bow­more and Spring­bank.

It also con­tains bot­tlings from lost dis­til­leries such as Old Orkney from Strom­ness Dis­tillery and Dal­las Dhu.

Some have never be­fore been seen at auc­tion.

Dubbed the Per­fect Col­lec­tion, the eclec­tic li­brary of whiskies be­longed to Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Richard Good­ing, a for­mer Pepsi bot­tling mag­nate.

It in­cludes a 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old Ma­callan, which re­cently be­came the most ex­pen­sive whisky on the planet when a bot­tle went for £1.5m.

Mr Good­ing, who died in 2014, ac­cu­mu­lated the whiskies over more than two decades. He reg­u­larly flew to Scot­land to buy up spe­cial bot­tles, which he kept in his own “pub” – a room spe­cially de­signed to show­case each whisky – in his Colorado home.

Col­lect­ing Scotch was one of his “great­est pas­sions”, ac­cord­ing to wife Nancy.

“He loved ev­ery as­pect of it; from re­search­ing the many sin­gle malt dis­til­leries to vis­it­ing them and tast­ing their whiskies,” she said.

“He was al­ways so pleased to ac­quire the bot­tles that he was search­ing for over the years – his mis­sion was to col­lect a bot­tle that rep­re­sented ev­ery sin­gle dis­tillery – but his favourite was al­ways Bow more, with his pre­ferred whisky be­ing Black Bow more.

“Richard truly loved and was proud of his col­lec­tion and en­joyed shar­ing it with friends and fel­low Scotch lovers in his ‘pub’ at home.”

The col­lec­tion is be­ing sold by Perth-based on­line seller Whisky Auc­tion­eer.

Iain Mcclune, founder of Whisky Auc­tion­eer, de­scribes the col­lec­tion as “truly one of a kind” and a tes­ta­ment to Mr Good­ing’s ded­i­ca­tion.

He said: “Its sheer scale and rar­ity makes it one of the most ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies in the whisky world, and we’re thrilled to un­veil it to the pub­lic ahead of it go­ing live on our on­line auc­tion site next year.”

Whisky writer and con­sul­tant An­gus Macraild is im­pressed by the “sheer breadth and di­ver­sity of bot­tles” in the col­lec­tion.

“Look­ing through it, you can tell it was put to­gether by some­one who loved whisky – and loved to drink it,” he said.

“So many of the bot­tles in this col­lec­tion are spe­cial be­cause they rep­re­sent such out­stand­ing qual­ity; from won­der­ful in­de­pen­dent rar­i­ties, to an­cient bot­tlings of leg­endary sin­gle malts from be­fore the Sec­ond World War, to some clas­sic of­fi­cial bot­tlings.

“There are so many won­der­ful facets of Scotch Whisky rep­re­sented here.”

Also up for grabs are a 1926 Va­le­rio Adami 60 Year Old from The Ma­callan, fore­cast to go for up to £800,000; a 1919 Spring­bank 50 Year Old, which could fetch £220,000; plus a 1937 Rare Col­lec­tion 64 Year Old Glenfiddic­h, with a guide price of around £60,000.

0 The eclec­tic li­brary of whiskies be­longed to Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Richard Good­ing, right. Whisky Auc­tion­eer’s Iain Mcclune with one of the most valu­able bot­tles, be­low

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