In what’s being billed as the “World’s Largest Pappy Van Winkle Auction”, the Leland Little Auction house has gathered together a collection of over 100 bottles of the highly sought after Pappy Van Winkle from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.
Rare Spirits & Fine Wine Director, Mark Solomon believes, “That it is the largest offering of Pappy Van Winkle, both in terms of value and bottle count. An order of magnitude larger.” The bottles are collected from multiple sources from across the U.S.
The collection is made up of over 40 lots of the prized 13, 15, 20 & 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve whiskey as well as an exclusive Old Rip Van Winkle 23 year bottle of bourbon. This particular rare bourbon, which was distilled in 1986, was hand-selected by Julian & Preston Van Winkle. It is sold with a beautiful Glencairn crystal decanter, glasses, leather lined presentation box and carries a presale estimate of $5,500 – $6,500.
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Looking over the details of the 40 lots the Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon is valued between $60,700 and $83,200. These are initial price points and it’s likely the actual auction prices will be much higher. There are many other bottles of fine whiskey from names like A.H. Hirsch Whiskey, Jim Beam Distillers’ Masterpiece Whiskey, George T. Stagg Whiskey, Black Maple Hill, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky, Port Ellen Scotch Whisky and many more.
Here are a few highlights of the top of the line spirits being offered in this auction along with their current bids.
Lot#: 1192 – Old Rip Van Winkle Whiskey
NV*, Old Rip Van Winkle, 23 years, 57% (barrel strength), bourbon distilled in 1986 and hand-selected by Julian & Preston Van Winkle, numbered 963 of 1200 with beautiful Glencairn crystal decanter, glasses and leather lined presentation box, sealed (1 750 ml) 1 bottle Estimate: $5,500 – $6,500
*NV = Non-Vintage but technically the vintage is 1986.
Lot#: 1216 Macallan Scotch Whisky – Vintage 1970
Vintage 1970, Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, 54.9%, cask #241, into neck, sealed (1 750 ml) 1 bottle Estimate: $4,200 – $4,800
Lot#: 1220 Glamis Scotch Whisky
NV, Glamis Unblended Pot Still Malt Scotch Whisky, 10 Years, Glenfyne Distillery (closed in 1937), 43%, 1930s bottling, hs, snl, sealed (1 750 ml) 1 bottle Estimate: $5,500 – $6,000
Lot#: 1343 Romanee Conti – Vintage 1969
Domaine de la Romanee Conti 4.5cm, sdc, lbsl 1 bottle Estimate: $6,000 – $9,000
Auction to be Held March 10, 2016
The actual auction will take place March 10, 2016 at Leland Little Auctions. Since its inception in 2010, the Leland Little Whisky & Fine Wine Department has become internationally recognized as an auction house that is cultivating one of the world’s top whisky & wine departments. With a 30% increase in sale from the previous year, they sold over $1.1 Million dollars worth of whiskey and wine in 2015.
Soloman said, “Five years ago few collectors had heard of us. But today we have a strong local following that has been championed by the nationally recognized wine & epicurean scene.”