Bid for Wine auction to channel vintage spirits Oct. 30

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Glen Grant, the Queen’s diamond jubilee, 60 years old, cask number 465, bottle numbered 49. Bid for Wine image

LONDON – Bid for, a leading wine auction marketplace, will conduct an auction of collectible spirits on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured is a bottle of Glen Grant 60 (above) that commemorates the Queen’s Diamond. Gordon & MacPhail’s Cask 465 was purchased from Glen Grant and was under their stewardship from March 1968 having been filled on Feb. 6, 1952. At 60 years old it yielded just 85 decanters that were released to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. It is an exceptionally rare whiskey and is accompanied by examples of refined Scottish craftsmanship and a certificate of authenticity as befits the most luxurious of liquids.

Among the other highlights are a range of First Cask bottlings from shuttered, mothballed or since destroyed distilleries. The still-closed Port Ellen distillery on the isle of Islay, Scotland, features bottles numbered 1, 2 and 3 of an unblended cask distilled in 1976 and bottled at full strength. There are also examples of Teaninich from the old distillery in Alness and Craigellachie in Speyside, Scotland.

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First Cask, Islay, 18 years old, distilled at Port Ellen, cask 4780, bottle numbered 1. Bid for Wine image

The two standout highlights reflect the exceptional rise of rare whiskeys over the past decade and the global demand for aged expressions, especially when bottled in minute quantities.

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Gold Bowmore, fine oak cask 44 years old. bottle numbered 167. Bid for Wine image

Moving to France, cognac lovers will find a wide range of examples from late bottled 1946 Frapin to older expressions of the larger houses. There are a few lots of Armagnac and Marc, Calvados and Eau de Vie and a few interesting vintage bottles to add to any diverse spirit collection.

Limited to 40 choice lots, the Bid for Wine rare whiskeys and cognacs auction will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time/1 p.m. GMT.