Last year the largest private whisky collection in the world came to auction, amassed by a true enthusiast who had over 9,000 bottles within his historical collection. So far, 6,287 bottles have been sold by through a series of spotlight auctions and dedicated sales on the Whisky Auctioneer platform. Today, Friday 12 November, the final sale begins, marking the end of Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection.
Inspired by Pat and to mark the end of this historical collection, Whisky Auctioneer ran the world’s first-ever Summit of Collectibility, bringing industry leaders and experts together to pioneer a discussion around modern collectors and the future of whisky within the secondary market.
The Summit of Collectibility featured Pat himself, alongside market-leading panelists including Nc'nean's Brand Ambassador, Matt Hastings, The GlenDronach's Director of Scotch Whisky Advocacy, Douglas Cook, Co-founder and Executive Director of ARENI Global, Pauline Vicard, and Whisky Auctioneer's Head of Auction Content, Joe Wilson.
The event was hosted by award-winning journalist Alice Lascelles, who currently writes for The Financial Times and who has been a key commentator in the drinks industry for the past 20 years. Alice navigated a discussion on the history of collecting, what it means to be a collector, and the future of whisky collection while drawing on the panelists’ expertise. Summaries drawn from the Summit surrounded the growth of American and Irish whiskey within the secondary market, the importance of direct contact between distilleries and their consumers, and the importance of reaching new generations of whisky drinkers.
“I've been emotional watching the components of my collection being auctioned off over the past year, but it has also reaffirmed the significance of the wide range of whisky styles, from single malts to grain and blends, that I have collected over the years.
“Whisky Auctioneer’s Summit of Collectibility gave me a chance to impart a little of the knowledge gained from my experience as a collector and to discuss with the esteemed panel what’s next for the whisky auction market. I hope that the legacy of this collection proves that anyone can collect whisky and that good whisky can be discovered anywhere and come at any price.”
Pat, Former Owner of Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection
The Grand Finale Auction also features the opportunity to gain a VIP Invitation to Pat's Finale Event in London. The winners of two selected charity lots will receive an invitation to join the celebratory Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection Finale Event in London in 2022. The winner (plus one) will join Pat and approximately 40 or so others at the celebratory event, which will take place in late-January or February 2022 in London.
Highlights from the Grand Finale include:
- Charity Lots: Several bottles have been selected by Pat as a donation to charity. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these lots will be donated to Pat's chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Legendary bottlings such as the Springbank 1966 Local Barley and a 50 Year Old Highland Park.
Over 180 highly sought-after bottles from independent bottlers, Douglas Laing, including every single Old & Rare Platinum Selection and a full vertical of Port Ellen from the Old Malt Cask series
60 expressions from Manager’s Drams and Manager’s Choice ranges
Over 400 expressions from That Boutique-y Whisky Co – the largest single-owner collection from the independent bottlers to come to auction including over 100 Batch #1 releases from the likes of Karuizawa and The Macallan.
It also includes 75 expressions from La Maison Du Whisky’s Artist Collection which collaborates with artists around the world to select unique works for their back labels.