Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection: Auctions raised more than €4 million

9,000 bottles of whisky were sold at 23 auctions


It was the world's largest private whisky collection ever sold by an auction house: it is known - or rather "was" - as Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection. The collection was not offered as a complete package. In a total of 23 auctions of the renowned auction house Whiskey Auctioneer, more than 9,000 bottles found new owners over a period of more than 12 months. The final auction closed on November 22, 2021, bringing the total value of all Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection auctions to £3,360,000 (about €4.020.000).

We already reported on the history of Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection here in September 2020. The passionate collector, known only as Pat, was initially just a curious whisky connoisseur.

He 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.“

The 9,000 bottles included more than 5,000 single malts, 1,000 blends, 600 American whiskeys, hundreds of grains and many bottlings from independent bottlers. Details on Pat's Whisk(e)y Collection and auction highlights can be found here on the whiskey auctioneer's homepage.


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