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Get Ready to Bid Big at Fall Whisky Auctions

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four, featuring five single cask bottlings, will make its debut in a special Christie's auction lot.

Get Ready to Bid Big at Fall Whisky Auctions

September 17, 2018 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton, , , ,

Where can you get ultra-rare whisky, a custom vintage-style roadster, and a trip to Scotland all in one? If you have the cash to lay down, then you'll find this package at Christie's auction house from September 25 through October 9. Valued at $150,000, the lot features the debut of Balvenie's DCS Compendium Chapter Four, a bespoke Morgan V8 Roadster tricked out with Balvenie detailing on the interior, and an all-expenses trip to Balvenie Distillery in the heart of Speyside.

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four is the second-to-last release in this series that celebrates the legacy of malt master David C. Stewart. This collection, one of just 50 available in the world, features five cask-strength, single-cask whiskies ranging in age from 9 to 47 years old:

  • The Balvenie 1971 Vintage (49.9% ABV) from cask no. 2855, a European oak oloroso sherry butt filled on March 8, 1971

  • The Balvenie 1982 Vintage (51.15% ABV) from cask no. 0635, a European oak oloroso sherry hogshead filled on February 27, 1982

  • The Balvenie 1992 Vintage (49.8% ABV) from cask no. 0608, a European oak oloroso sherry puncheon filled on January 23, 1992

  • The Balvenie 1999 Vintage (46.8% ABV) from cask no. 9304, a refill American oak hogshead filled on July 1, 1999

  • The Balvenie 2009 Vintage (64.6% ABV) from cask no. 2724, a first-fill American oak bourbon barrel filled on April 7, 2009


Bidding will take place online during the auction term and will also be accepted in person at Christie's.

If bourbon is more your thing than scotch, there's a perfect auction for you too. Taking place on September 21 online and in person, “The Art of Bourbon” auction, hosted by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, features some truly rare bottles. The lots include:

  • The tenth bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old ever produced, bottled in 1998. Valued at $20,000, this bottle was donated by Julian Van Winkle III.

  • Albert B. Blanton 7 year old, a 50% ABV single-barrel bourbon selected by Albert Blanton, longtime president at the George T. Stagg Distillery (now Buffalo Trace). While most of the barrels Blanton selected were bottled privately, this bottle has a tax strip indicating it may have been available at retail—one of the first single-barrel bourbons ever. Valued at $10,000, it was bottled in 1952 for Blanton's 55th anniversary at the distillery.

  • Weller's Original 7 year old. Distilled at Stitzel-Weller and bottled around 1965, this 53.5% bourbon was gifted to a life insurance company executive by the Van Winkles, who owned the distillery.


Several other bottles and experiences will also be available for bidding. If you can't make it to Louisville in person, the auction will also be taking place online.