Scotch whisky collection up for auction

  
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By:   BO LEUNG

Scotch whisky collection up for auction
Auction organizers Whisky Auctioneer have said some individual bottles are valued at more than 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) and there are even some that have never been seen before in auction. In October, a bottle of The Macallan 1926 sold for a record 1.5 million pounds at auction in London.

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Scotch whisky collection up for auction

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The auction of nearly 4,000 bottles includes the largest collection of The Macallan ever to go to auction. PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Some of the world's rarest bottles of whisky will go to auction in the new year as part of what is believed to be the largest whisky collection ever offered for public sale.

The so-called Perfect Collection of more than 3,900 bottles of primarily single malt scotch whiskies was built up by private collector Richard Gooding, the former owner and president of the Pepsi Bottling Company of Denver, one of the largest soft-drink distributors in the United States.

He built his collection over the decades, traveling to and from Scotland with his pilot in search of rare bottles at auctions and distilleries, before his death in 2014.

Items include bottles from the Macallan, Bowmore and Springbank, and even some from lost distilleries including Old Orkney and Dallas Dhu.

Auction organizers Whisky Auctioneer have said some individual bottles are valued at more than 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) and there are even some that have never been seen before in auction. In October, a bottle of The Macallan 1926 sold for a record 1.5 million pounds at auction in London.

"This is truly one of a kind and a testament to his dedication to collecting Scotch whisky," said Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer. "Its sheer scale and rarity make it one of the most exciting discoveries in the whisky world."

Until recently, the collection was housed in Gooding's "Pub", a dedicated room in his family home in Colorado that was specially designed to showcase each one of his whiskies.

"It was clear to us as a family that collecting scotch was one of Richard's greatest passions-an endeavor that spanned over two decades," said his widow Nancy. "He loved every aspect of it; from researching the many single malt distilleries to visiting them and tasting their whiskies."

The Perth-based auctioneers will sell the collection over two online auctions next year.

This library of whiskies is filled with very special bottles, each of which has been researched and examined for condition and authenticity, McClune added. "Amongst the over 3,900 bottles is the largest collection of The Macallan ever to go to auction."

Becky Paskin, whisky expert and writer, said: "It's rare a complete whisky collection of this size and value comes to auction at once, but it is the sheer diversity and comprehensiveness of Mr Gooding's collection that makes it so intriguing."

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

I suppose that buying a bottle that costs that much is an investment, but then you cannot enjoy it, because if you open it, the value is gone.  IMO it would be wiser to invest in a famous painting, because then at least you can enjoy the pleasure of looking at it.

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    one month ago

Yeah, you're never going to crack open these bottles. I think for this type of collecting, you have to be into the stories and rarity behind the object. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    one month ago

If I can't drink it, I don't want or need it.

 
 
 
Gordy327
1.2.1  Gordy327  replied to  1stwarrior @1.2    one month ago
If I can't drink it, I don't want or need it.

Hear hear! Good booze is meant to be savored and enjoyed.

 
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Tacos! @2    one month ago

I couldn't open the picture - can you save it, convert it to jpeg, then paste it to a comment?  As well, the link opened to tell me this: "We are currently unable to accept orders from areas outside the U.S."

Or tell me the label info on the wine and I'll search it on the internet.

 
 
 
Tacos!
 
 
TTGA
2.1.2  TTGA  replied to  Tacos! @2.1.1    one month ago

And that one is 5500 bucks; peanuts compared to some of the ones in the auction.

I do hope that Mr. Gooding wasn't mixing that stuff with Pepsi.  I'm hardly a scotch drinker but even I would consider that mixture to be on the level of sacrilege.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1.3  1stwarrior  replied to  TTGA @2.1.2    one month ago

Blasphemy - BLASphemy -- BLASPHEMY - No true Scotch drinker (one of which I are) would even consider, even as a nightmare, mixing Scotch with anything more than "air" - AKA "neat".

OMG Rock - get thee out of the house once in a while jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Gordy327
2.1.4  Gordy327  replied to  1stwarrior @2.1.3    one month ago
No true Scotch drinker (one of which I are) would even consider, even as a nightmare, mixing Scotch with anything more than "air" - AKA "neat".

Not even on the rocks?

I'm reminded of this classic bit :

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TTGA @2.1.2    one month ago

I thought that with Scotch like that, you don't mix it with ANYTHING, even ice cubes.

 
 
 
Gordy327
2.1.6  Gordy327  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.5    one month ago
I thought that with Scotch like that, you don't mix it with ANYTHING, even ice cubes.

I can understand not mixing it with any other beverage. But not even a couple ice cubes to give it a little chill? But not too many cubes. Maybe straight up in a shot glass.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1.7  1stwarrior  replied to  Gordy327 @2.1.4    one month ago

Aaaayup.

 
 
 
TTGA
2.1.8  TTGA  replied to  1stwarrior @2.1.3    one month ago
OMG Rock - get thee out of the house once in a while

Want to get me out of the house?  Offer me Jack Daniels and I'd be out in a second, although, at my age, my monthly consumption is less than half a pint. 

The reason why you don't mix either with anything, even ice, is that both bourbon and scotch have very distinctive flavors.  Even chilling them with ice dulls the flavor down.  The flavor of JD has a degree of smokiness to it.  The charred barrel does that.  To me, the flavor of scotch (any brand) is much like that of Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup.

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.1.9  Tacos!  replied to  Gordy327 @2.1.6    one month ago
But not too many cubes.

The thing these days is to use one big honkin' cube. It chills the drink and alters the flavor, but it doesn't melt so fast that it ruins things. If all you want to do is chill it, they have stones you can freeze.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.10  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @2.1.9    one month ago

I have a mold for those. It is a big round ice cube. Suppose to last a lot longer and not water down the drink as much.

 
 
 
Gordy327
2.1.11  Gordy327  replied to  Tacos! @2.1.9    one month ago
The thing these days is to use one big honkin' cube. It chills the drink and alters the flavor, but it doesn't melt so fast that it ruins things.

I prefer regular sized cubes. just a few will be enough to chill, but not so much it waters the drink down. If no ice, then it can be savored slowly. With a cigar too.

If all you want to do is chill it, they have stones you can freeze.

Call me old fashioned, but I'll stick to good 'ol regular ice cubes.

 
 
 
charger 383
3  charger 383    one month ago

way too rich for me

 
 
 
The People's Fish
4  The People's Fish    one month ago

Scotch whisky has one of the loosest distilling processes. Scotch is typically dyed to get the rich color. That's why I prefer the strictest distilled whisky in the world, bourbon requiring a new charred oak barrel. The barrels are then sold to the Europeans for scotch.

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1  MUVA  replied to  The People's Fish @4    one month ago

Have you ever had Pappy Van Winkle my wifes friends bought a bottle for 500 bucks. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

I hate scotch.  It is like drinking battery acid.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5    one month ago

O- o-o-o-o-o Paula - you just ain't had the right scotch.  Macallan - tastes just like water with a bit of lemon - wow.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  1stwarrior @5.1    one month ago

The one time I did try it, it was 25 year old scotch and not cheap (date paid for it).  It was nasty.

 
 
 
Tacos!
5.2  Tacos!  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5    one month ago
I hate scotch

If someone's been feeding you Johnnie Walker Red, I feel your pain. However, there is so much variety in scotch, there's probably something out there you can enjoy.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Tacos! @5.2    one month ago

Johnny Walker Red - or White Label - jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
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