Pat whisky collection

Record Breaking 9,000 Bottle Whisky Collection Fetches $6.4 Million at Auction

Owning the largest private whisky collection in the world is certainly something to shout about, especially if you just sold it for a cheeky AU$6.4 million. However, the titleholder has chosen to remain anonymous, giving up the glory to the craftsmanship inside each bottle. The collector known as “Pat” recently offloaded a history-making 9070 bottles, ending a 12-month effort by Perth-based Whiskey Auctioneer.

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Pat started initially as a novice, but quickly became enamoured with whisky and decided to explore the wonders of different distilleries. His newfound obsession led to a 15-year journey that would result in amassing over 5000 Scotch single malts, 1000 blended whiskies, 600 American whiskies as well as several grain whiskies and distinct bottlings.

“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, Pat explained to The Spirits Business. “When I reached over 2000 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.

In 2020, the anonymous collector decided to return his babies back into the wild. Working with Whiskey Auctioneer, he split the bottles into 23 auctions with various themes like American whiskeys and a Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection. Highlights included a Brora 1972 Rare Malts 22 Year Old that sold for AU$39,865; a Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask #1712 that reached AU$34,000; and a Highland Park 50-Year-Old 2019 Release that fetched AU$28,435.

“Selling the collection was a deeply emotional process for me since it has been such a huge part of my life,” Pat told The Spirits Business. “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.”

Giving back in more ways than one, Pat decided to donate the proceeds of a select number of bottles to charity. The contribution raised nearly AU$50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with Whisky Auctioneer chucking in an additional AU$4,200 to the cause.

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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Bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection

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