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July Auction Line-Up So Far...
11 July 12:00 - 21 July 20:00 BST
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2014 Glenrothes Hogshead
From the onset, Glenrothes whisky was considered excellent fillings for blends and to this day is a key part of both the famous Cutty Sark & Famous Grouse blends. Today they are producing about four million litres of spirit with 44 mashes per week. Interestingly they also have a cooperage on-site where they repair many casks for the distillery. This is a very complex classic Speyside malt which ages very well. It is medium-bodied with lots of rich nutty spicy notes.
2012 Benriach Hogshead
Benriach was opened in 1897 in the late Victorian era but the distillery only lasted three years. It remained dormant next to its older brother (the Longmorn distillery) until it was re-opened 65 years later. It wasn’t until Billy Walker and his South African business partners bought the distillery in 2004 that finally Benriach started to emerge from the shadows. The capacity is up to 2.8 million litres per year and they have started making a few batches of heavily peated malt and a triple distilled malt and using both short and long fermentations. Benriach will generally have quite an earthy, nutty, spicy profile with a lot of sweet stoned fruit flavours.
2013 Aultmore Hogshead
Aultmore production now sits at three million litres per year and the whisky character is considered to be quite fragrant and fruity on the palate and quite full-bodied overall. In 2004, a core range of 12-year-old was released and more recently an 18-year-old. Besides these two bottlings, there haven’t been many official distillery releases besides a few travel retail specials. However, the Independent Bottlers have certainly released a huge amount over the years which is proof that the whisky enthusiasts have driven demand.
2012 Deanston Hogshead
With a long fermentation (85 hours) and a slow distillation, the new-make Deanston spirit is quite waxy in style. It clearly ages very well in all manner of casks - recent years' expressions were finished in Virgin Oak, Muscat, Pedro Ximenez, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Calvados & Port casks. Their 40-year release from a couple of years ago has been well received, which is a great testament to the longevity of the cask.
2012 Knockdhu Hogshead
It was probably destiny that a distillery was going to be built on the Knock Estate by Huntly in Aberdeenshire. With a high-quality water source, surrounded by fields of barley, a peat bog close by and a newly opened railway station to connect with the world. During WWII the distillery closed and was used to house Indian troops. It’s a small distillery and for many years this distillery remained under the radar when compared to some of the nearby distilleries in the Speyside region. Recently it has started to make a name for itself. This century they have increased production with about 25% of that heavily peated.
2012 Ruadh Mor Hogshead
Glenturret Distillery played the part of lesser-known cousin to the global superstars of the single malt world – Macallan and Highland Park- as part of the Edrington group of distilleries. Rarely found as a single malt, this soft, Highland spirit was used as one of the key components of Scotland’s top-selling whisky, The Famous Grouse. Every year, Glenturret produces an extremely limited volume of heavily-peated spirit. This stunning, fiery liquid is known as Ruadh Maor. Glenturret has an illustrious history, claiming to be the oldest whisky distillery in Scotland with roots back to 1775.
2010 Girvan Barrel
Grain whiskies have traditionally been used as the backbone to the world's most loved type of Scotch Whisky, blends. Blended whiskies account for about 90% of Scotch Whisky sales around the world and it is the grain whisky, produced in the giant factory-like distilleries of Strathclyde (Chivas Regal & Ballantine's) and Girvan (William Grant & Sons) that make up the bulk of these whiskies. Grain whiskies also offer consumers the opportunity to try closed distilleries with bottlings from Cambus (a famous 'Ghost' grain distillery) more accessibly priced than the likes of old Brora or Port Ellen. Grain whisky is so much more than just filler for blends, with a niche category of single cask grain bottlings that continue to grow. Well-crafted, well-aged single grain scotch is a wonderful experience to try, offering a delightfully soft, creamy texture not often found in other whiskies.
2001 Tomintoul Hogshead
Tomintoul Distillery is a relative newcomer, having opened in 1965. It is located in the highest village in the Highlands just on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains with its closest neighbour being The Glenlivet distillery. In 1990 Robert Fleming became their Master Distiller and is still there to this day over 30 years later. He has certainly been instrumental in the rise of this distillery. Currently distillery capacity is at 3.3 million litres. They produce a small amount of peated malt but most fit into that classic Speyside style. We find Tomintoul a medium-bodied malt that is quite sweet and fruity with plenty of pineapple, cheesecake, and peaches as an example of their 14-year expression.
2014 Tullibardine Chateaux Margaux
Located just north of Scotland’s Central Belt on the road to Perth is the Tullibardine Distillery. Opened post-war in 1949 it was built to make fillings for various blends and had an unremarkable first 40 years. In 1994 it was unfortunately mothballed until 2003. It was then under new ownership that the focus shifted to releasing single malt expressions. The new owners discovered that the cask policy that had occurred previously left a lot to be desired with mainly tired old casks. After an extensive re-casking operation Tullibardine was back in business.
Since 2006, numerous cask finish expressions have been released using Port, Marsala, Sauternes, Madeira, Moscatel, Burgundy as well as Sherry. Interestingly a vintage series was also released which included a 40-year and a very rare 60-year expression. The bottle repackaging also looks fantastic which has only added to the credibility of the distillery. For the liquid, they produce about three million litres per year with a 55-hour fermentation time. The style is generally quite sweet and floral, arguably more reminiscent of a gentle Speyside rather than a big bold and spicy highlander.
2009 Jura Barrel
There is evidence that some form of distilling has been going on in Jura for centuries. The current distillery can trace its history back to 1810, but after going through several name changes and ownership the distillery was closed and dismantled in 1901. The real story of Jura starts in 1963 when Scottish & Newcastle breweries reopen the distillery and commenced production. The new stills installed were 7.7 metres tall (2nd tallest in Scotland). Combined with stainless steel washbacks and a relatively short fermentation time, the new style of Jura could only be described as quite light, salty, nutty, and delicate.
From the 1990s a small amount of peated whisky was produced, and today they blend this in to just add a wisp of smoke to the modern Jura style. Whyte & Mackay took over ownership in 1996 and can be given a lot of credit for their investment, expansion, and innovation of the brand.
This represents an opportunity to buy into a well-known established distillery in which the owners are investing heavily (Dalmore is one of the sister brands). We’d recommend holding these casks until they reach the key milestone age of 18 years old.
2007 Orkney Malt Hogshead
The Orkneys sit just above the Scottish mainland and it is certainly a mysterious, magical place, steeped in folklore and strange traditions. The local culture certainly feels different and this has translated into the whisky-making with both of the island’s two distilleries making very unique, high-quality malts. Whilst they have very different styles, from an investment point of view there are many similarities.
Both are owned by famous powerful whisky companies, and both are very sought after by whisky enthusiasts, collectors and investors alike. They both produce malt whisky which is absolutely from the top drawer and both are steeped in fascinating history and heritage. One distillery produces a very robust powerful malt that is full of spice, heather, hints of smoke and is also fragrant and honeyed. The other smaller distillery produces soft, sweet, smooth, light, floral malts with strong hints of citrus and honey.
If the cask says Orkney then as there are only two distilleries it could be - is cast iron that you are buying into a top division malt.
Are there samples?
We go through a verification process with each seller (re-gauge), checking the health of the cask and requesting a sample. At this moment, only a limited number of samples are available to the buyers as the lockdown put a hold on operations at warehouses and distilleries all over Scotland. If you would like to try some of the available samples, do not hesitate to contact Lee - Lee@auctionyourcask.com.
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