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Ladyburn 1973-2000 - 27 Year Old - Single Cask 4525

LOT ID: 0923-793

End Date : Nov 22 2023 09:44 PM

Total Bids: 97   

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Ladyburn 1973 - 2000. 27 Year Old. Cask number 4525. One of 3,000 bottles. 70cl. 50.4%. In wooden presentation box.




Lower Neck

Distillery:  Ladyburn

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Region: Lowland

Distilled Year: 1973

Bottling Year: 2000

Age: 27

Bottles Produced: 3,000

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 4525

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 50.4%

Ladyburn was one of the shortest-lived Scottish distilleries and its Lowland single malt whisky is now exceptionally rare, as almost the entirety of Ladyburn’s spirit was destined for owner William Grant’s blending vats. Grant’s had built the Girvan grain distillery in 1963 and added four pot stills for Ladyburn in 1966, but sadly the distillery was deemed a failure after less than a decade and production ceased in 1975. 

Official bottlings of Ladyburn are extremely difficult to find. A 12-year-old Ladyburn was bottled in the 1980s and in 2000 over a dozen 1973 single casks were released. The latter were widely assumed to be the last stock, but in 2014-15 several more official Ladyburns from 1973 and 1974 appeared. Some excellent long-aged Ladyburns have been bottled as ‘Ayrshire’ by Signatory and Duncan Taylor - these are the best value at auction for anyone hunting for this unicorn whisky.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £625.00 22nd November 2023 20:34