Online auction platform Whisky Auctioneer has launched the ‘world’s first’ sale dedicated to Speyside distillery Mortlach, including a 47-year-old bottling signed by master blender Dr Craig Wilson.

The Mortlach: Through the Ages sale is now live via on the Whisky Auctioneer website and features 70 bottles from the Diageo-owned distillery.

The auction is primarily composed of bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection, which is said to be the largest private whisky collection to be sold at auction. The collection of more than 9,000 bottles is expected to sell for around US$5 million when it concludes in June 2021.

Highlights from the sale of Mortlach whiskies include bottle number one of the Mortlach 47 Years Old, which has been signed by master blender Dr Craig Wilson.

Only 94 bottles of the vintage whisky were released in 2019 as the oldest single malt to be released directly from the distillery.

The sale also includes a collection of independent Mortlach bottlings, most notably from Gordon & MacPhail.

Vintages included date from 1936 and cover labels such as Connoisseurs Choice, Private Collection and Book of Kells.

Other independent bottlers featured include Douglas Laing, Signatory Vintage and Cadenhead’s.

Joe Wilson, head of auction content at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This is the first time that a collection of Mortlach has been offered in a dedicated online auction, and it’s incredible to be able to offer our international customer base so many of the distillery’s expressions that have long been under the radar.

“For decades, much of Mortlach’s robust spirit was quickly snapped up by whisky blenders and connoisseurs ‘in the know’, so we know that whisky fans will be excited to see this treasure trove of bottles become available.

“Our Mortlach: Through the Ages auction marks a significant opportunity for both passionate whisky lovers looking to try this iconic single malt for themselves, and for collectors that have been eagerly waiting for the chance to get their hands on these bottles to add to their collection.”

The sale will end on Monday evening (22 March).
Via The Spirits Business
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