The Largest Private Whisky Collection In The World Could Fetch $5m

The world’s largest private whisky collection to be offered at auction is expected to sell for around US$5 million when it concludes in June 2021.

Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection comprises of more than 9,000 bottles from 150-plus Scottish distilleries, as well as Bourbons and bottlings from Europe and across the globe.

The first part of the collection went on sale through Whisky Auctioneer on 25 September and will run until 5 October. The initial sale includes a selection of American whiskeys. Due to its size, the collection will be offered across multiple auctions between now and June 2021.

The series features bottlings from sought-after Japanese distilleries Karuizawa and Hanyu, Scotch whisky distillery Daftmill and aged expressions of Bowmore, Port Ellen, Caperdonich and Highland Park from the Duncan Taylor Tantalus series, some of which have never been seen at auction before.

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “The entire collection has an estimated hammer price of approximately US$5 million, however the focus for starting the project was never on ultra-premium priced whiskies. The value of the collection lies in its completeness, with many of the most lauded series from some of the finest distilleries in the world featured here in their entirety.

“The story behind how the collection started is an intriguing one. The collector came from not even enjoying whisky to becoming hooked and he pursued with zealousness this journey to not only collect but also gain knowledge and experience in the world of whisky.

“The upcoming auctions are a unique opportunity for whisky lovers old and new to start or complete a collection and for me, it is this accessibility that sets Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection apart from others we have seen. It goes against the grain of whisky only being for experienced connoisseurs, and is a collection for everyone, accessible to all, and most importantly, something to be enjoyed.”