We lost the Kilchoman auction

You may remember that the first ever bottle of Kilchoman from the first cask ever filled at the distillery (2005) was to be auctioned during Kilchoman’s open day of Islay Festival, which happened to be yesterday. Well, it was auctioned. Unfortunately our bid of £20 did not take us very far… one Niels Ladefoged outbid us slightly and eventually bought the bottle for £5,400.

You know that Chris and I aren’t great fans (to put it delicatly) of super-expensive whisky. I have said that many times, but I will say it once more – what’s the point of it?

But in this case the price seems like a bargain actually. This bottle is a piece of Islay’s and Scotland’s history and, I never suspected I would actually say that, if I had this kind of money that Kilchoman would have been mine. Only mine! My precious…



  1. too much money for a dram.

  2. I’m not a fan of super-expensive whisky either, but there’s a bottle of Springbank (not sure what age, etc) in the shop in Campbeltown that has a £14,000 price tag on it… if I could afford it I would buy it and then (hopefully) enjoy every dram!

  3. If you really want to splash big money on Springbank, the 50 grand 1919 bottle of Springbank is in Cadenheads in Edinburgh. I don’t think they are offering a try before you buy option sadly :p

  4. Well, since the money goes to charity, and since Niels Ladefoged is the majority shareholder of Kilchoman distillery, I guess it’s not really an example for a super-expensive whisky buy. It’s more of a money-stays-in-the-family-and-why-not-donate-something-nice-to-the-neighbourhood buy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  5. Hi All, I am not actually the majority shareholder, although I do have a stake in the business – the bottle was bought in competition with people from around the world from bidders unconnected with the company

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