PAT'S WHISK(E)Y COLLECTION
Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection is the result of nearly 15 years of dedication, perseverance, and knowledge. Numbering in excess of 9,000 bottles, it is the single largest private collection of whisky ever to be brought to auction.
On first sight of the Collection, the Whisky Auctioneer team were in awe of its diversity and 'completeness'. With examples ranging from the mid-20th century to present day, the Collection reflects on whisky’s early pioneers and those transforming the market today. It is also the largest collection of complete or near complete individual series' from varying distilleries that the team have encountered.
Over 9,000 bottles and 23 auctions later the curtain has closed with the final auction on 22 November 2021 bringing the total to £3,360,000 (over $4.5 million USD).
Unprecedented on the secondary market, Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection took over 12 months to auction off across a series of specially curated monthly spotlight auctions and dedicated sales. Featuring over 5,000 Scotch single malts, more than 1,000 blended whiskies, over 600 American whiskies and hundreds of often overlooked grain whiskies and independent bottlings, Pat’s Whisky Collection is the most complete picture of whisky ever brought to market.
Pat, the collection’s owner, said:
“Building a whisky collection was never actually my original goal - I simply wanted to try everything and there were so many releases, distilleries and countries to explore. When I reached over 2,000 bottles, I decided to create a collection that represented the full picture of whisky and for me that meant everything from non-age statements, blends and world whiskies to the rarest examples - a true showcase of all sides of such a varied spirit.
Selling the collection was a deeply emotional process for me since it has been such a huge part of my life. I feel this incredible journey has culminated in a fitting finale with these bottles entered back into the market so other people can enjoy them, perhaps with some added knowledge gained alongside.
My journey with whisky is not over but I hope my approach will inspire whisky lovers and future collectors to be diverse and eclectic when constructing their own collections. Anyone can collect whisky and good whisky can be discovered anywhere and at any price.”
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Heart & Soul: The Bourbon & American Whiskey Auction
The first exclusive sale from Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection presented its impressive portfolio of bourbon and American whiskeys in October 2020.
Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection consists of over 9,000 bottles with the bourbon and American whiskey component being crowned its ‘heart and soul’ by the collector.
A Journey of Discovery: The European Bottlers Collection
The second exclusive sale from Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection featured over 800 bottles celebrating the history and significance of Europe’s independent whisky bottlers. The auction offered whisky lovers and collectors an incredible opportunity to discover some of the most complete series’ of whiskies that paved the way for the growth of the independent bottler category.
The Creativity of Blending: Compass Box
From Thursday 14 January - Monday 18 January, we were delighted to host our exclusive Compass Box Auction, a celebration of the creative whiskymakers 21st century revival of the blend. The auction featured over 130 expressions, including 70 limited editions, from Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection.
Mortlach: Through The Ages
Whisky Auctioneer was honoured to present the world's first exclusive Mortlach auction. This exclusive sale offered whisky lovers and collectors an incredible opportunity to discover a single malt that has largely remained unknown outside of its devoted whisky circles. The auction ran from Thursday 18 March - Monday 22 March 2021.
A Bygone Era: The Golden Age of Brora
Comprised primarily from Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection, Whisky Auctioneer presented the world's first auction dedicated solely to Brora in April 2021. This exclusive auction encapsulates the distillery’s past as it prepares to turn on the stills to its future, charting the epic journey of a much-loved sleeping giant from its origins to its imminent reawakening.
A Celebration of Islay: The Islay Festival Auction
Whisky Auctioneer celebrated Fèis Ìle with a presentation of the most extensive and complete collection of whiskies produced by the island’s legendary distilleries for the festival. Whisky Auctioneer donated a proportion of the proceeds from the auction to Islay-based charities and projects to support the local community.