Collection of rare whisky to be auctioned off in Derbyshire

Specialist valuer John Keightley with the Johnstone collection that will auctioned off on Burns Night.
Specialist valuer John Keightley with the Johnstone collection that will auctioned off on Burns Night.

One man’s miniature whisky collection is not that small and is set to turn heads when the old bottles go under the hammer.

With Burns Night just around the corner what better way to celebrate all things Scottish than with the auctioning of a vast array of tiny whisky bottles?

The bottles in the Johnstone collection have been gathered over a 40 year period by one Derbyshire man and include bottles from almost every distillery in Scotland.

On Monday, January 25 - Burns Night - the private collection will be sold off by Hansons Auctioneers, Etwall.

Emma Carberry, spokesperson for the company said: “Many whiskies were distilled in the 1960s and 70s, some aged up to 50 years and all in miniature bottles. This is a great opportunity to sample a tipple from your year of birth or to commemorate a special occasion; or for the connoisseur, to add to your collection at a fraction of the cost of buying full bottles.

“Of course there are also several examples of full, 70cl bottles in the auction.

“From Macallan and Springbank to blended whisky and Connoisseur Collection and Signatory malts, a wide range will be available to suit all tastes and budgets.”

Mr Johnstone, from Heanor, recently died and his daughter his getting of his collection.

Emma added: “The market for fine wines and spirits is very strong at present and values have risen dramatically so it’s worth ascertaining the value of your collection.”

Free valuations are held at their Etwall Salerooms every Friday from 10am to 4pm for single bottles or request a home visit for large collections by phoning 01283 733988.