World's largest private whisky collection to be auctioned

It is estimated that £7 million to £8 million will be raised

Iain McClune, founder of the Whisky Auctioneer, shows some pieces of the collection at the American Bar of the Gleneagles Hotel


Richard Gooding collected whisky for more than twenty years. "The Perfect Collection" of the American consists of more than 3,900 bottles, which he stylishly displayed in his private "pub" in his home in Colorado. Gooding died in June 2014. In a press release, the Whisky Auctioneer now announced that it will auction those whiskies next year, including some old and very rare single malts.

From the largest Macallan collection ever to be auctioned, including The Macallan's 50 Year Old Lalique Six Pillars Collection, to an Ardbeg 1967 Signatory Vintage 30 Year Oloroso Butt, a 1964 Black Bowmore 29 Year Old 1st Edition, a Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection 64 Year Old to a The Balvenie 1937 Pure Malt 50 Year Old 75cl / Milroy's of Soho and many other gems the auction list ranges, which makes every whisky collector's heart beat. Even whiskies from long-closed distilleries such as the Stromness Distillery and Dallas Dhu are part of the Perfect Collection. The value of some of the bottles is estimated at more than £1 million. Overall, Whisky Auctioneer expects auction proceeds of £7 million to £8 million.

Living his passion

Richard Gooding has not only spent a lot of money, but also invested a lot of time in his passion for collecting whisky and jetted around the world with his private pilot to grab special pieces at auctions or other occasions. “It was clear to us as a family that collecting Scotch was one of Richard’s greatest passions – an endeavour that spanned over two decades. He loved every aspect of it; from researching the many single malt distilleries to visiting them and tasting their whiskies. He was always so pleased to acquire the bottles that he was searching for over the years - his mission was to collect a bottle that represented every single distillery, but his favourite was always Bowmore with his preferred whisky being Black Bowmore. Richard truly loved and was proud of his collection and enjoyed sharing it with friends and fellow Scotch lovers in his ‘pub’ at home,” Gooding's widow Nancy is quoted as saying.

On the website of Whiskey Auctioneer, the collection is presented in a video spot. From 7-17 February and 10-20 April 2020, the auction will take place there.

Pictures: Whisky Auctioneer