Bonhams Whisky Department specialises in the sourcing and global auction sales of Vintage Single Malt and Blended Whisky and is run by Martin Green who has been the whisky specialist at Bonhams since 2008 after a career in whisky auctions stretching back over 30 years.
He is credited with devising and holding the first ever dedicated whisky sale in 1989. Today, Bonhams holds four whisky sales a year in Edinburgh and four sales in Hong Kong (two of which are combined with Fine Wine). These attract buyers from around the world and regularly achieve sale rates of over 90%
Martin is acknowledged as one of the country’s foremost authorities on whisky and has written widely on the subject.
Notable single owner collections: The Willard S. Folsom Collection, sourced from San Francisco comprising of over 3500 bottles offered in Global sales at Bonhams during 2009 and 2010, the largest whisky collection to appear on the auction market.
The Bowmore Trilogy
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Black Bowmore-42 year old-1964, White Bowmore-43-year old-1964, Gold Bowmore-44 year old-1964 £17,500 Sourced from a private European collector
Johnnie Walker Old Highland Whisky-Early 20th Century £7,500, sourced from within the UK licensed trade
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Ardbeg-1965 £4,375, sourced from a private Scottish collector
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Lots 26 £11,875, 27 £12,500 , 28 £11,875, the three bottles sourced from a private UK collector
The highest auction results as of June 2017 for Black Bowmore at auction globally
The Dalmore Candella £16,250, sourced from a private Scottish collector
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The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve-1955 £46,850, offered for sale by the distillery on behalf of a Global Charity
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Glenfiddich-64 year old-1937 £68,500, sourced from a private European collector
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The current UK auction house record for the sale of a bottle of Single Malt Whisky and the highest price paid at auction for a bottle of Glenfiddich
The Macallan Millennium Decanter-40 year old-1949 £21,250, sourced from a private UK collector
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Bonhams Specialist whisky auctions attract International interest and are held in March, June, October and December in Edinburgh and twice each year in Hong Kong from where the bottles are sourced
22 Queen Street
The Coo was born in Crieff in April 2009.
Looking for a USP, Mandy Silver decided to open a whisky bar and The Coo was born in Crieff in April 2009. Starting with 6 bottles of malt. “I was very green, so it took an age to decide what next to order. Over the years I'm pleased to say my knowledge has improved (still so much to learn though) and glad to say the collection has grown to around 150 bottles.
Whisky has turned into my passion, having tried all my bottles (some more than once!) how lucky am I?
I take selling my drams very seriously, and it is very important to me that a customer enjoys their dram; so I like to spend a little time chatting with a whisky drinker, ensuring they choose the right dram for themselves.
I had lots of lovely customers coming from Sweden and Germany each year to visit me, as well as my loyal locals who supported the Coo. During that time I was awarded a 5 star from Trip Advisor for 2012 and 2013, won the Drammie Award in 2013 and was voted ‘The Best Whisky Bar in The World’(!!) and had an entry in ‘Lonely Planet Travel Guide’ 2013.
Sadly in 2013 the Coo building was sold and I had to relocate. Before I left, I trademarked Curly Coo Bar so I was able to continue my business elsewhere, and my many lovely foreign visitors would be able to track me down…” Mandy Silver.
Award winning whisky bar relocates to Stirling city centre.
Once the capital city in Scotland, the city of Stirling continues to remain one of the country’s most significant historic settings. With sites such as Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and the Old Town Jail, Stirling is truly a city of national significance that continues to appeal to hundreds of thousands of tourist’s year in year out. As well as being a city of historic and cultural importance, Stirling is also home to one of the country’s most impressive whisky bars. Appealing to not just tourists, but students and other local residents alike, Curly Coo Bar now situated centrally in the city’s Barnton Street offers all the appeal of a tucked away Highland retreat right in the heart of Stirling.
Offering in excess of 130 malt whiskies, not to mention many beers, wines and spirits of choice, Curly Coo Bar is one of those bars that just have to be sampled and enjoyed. The Drammie Award winning bar of 2013 & 2014 boats a 5* rating on Trip Advisor for 2013 & 2014 and prides itself in being very much a whisky bar with a personal touch.
Bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, owner Mandy Silver is the absolute perfect hostess ensuring your experience in Curly Coo Bar is enlightening, educational and ultimately memorable.
“Since opening the new Coo in Stirling, I have built up a loyal customer base. It's a cosy wee bar, with a stove to keep you toasty in the colder nights... It's also very exciting being in a University town and I introduced malt whisky to many of the students (in moderation of course) I hold regular whisky tastings and an annual Wee Whisky Fest in October.
In 2015 I was voted Whisky Bar of the Year in Scotland in the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge and also shortlisted in the Dram magazine for Whisky Bar of the Year.
For the non-whisky drinkers I have a good selection of local craft kegs, Scottish cider and a great selection of Scottish Gins. If you're in Stirling I look forward to seeing you at the Coo.”
Visit Curly Coo Bar
The shop is very well staffed and just walking around you get the feeling that those working in the shop are as passionate about whisky as those in browsing the shelves. As well as an extensive range of malt, bended and grain whisky, Royal Mile Whiskies also have an assortment of other spirits from around the world including exotic rums, mystical looking liqueurs and premium vodkas.
It really is hard to find an empty square foot in the shop that isn't housing some intriguing rare concoction and the vast collection of whisky miniatures to choose from shouldn’t see anyone leave disappointed.
Spirits by Post is a small business founded in 2012, The Purveyor of the World’s Finest Whisky and other spirits. Serving satisfied and enthusiastic customers worldwide each day.
Since the beginning Spirits by Post has continued to gradually grow and develop a strong following of customers and become one of the main retailers online in the UK offering spirits of all types and ages. Improving our service in every aspect of the business to become a well-oiled machine, continuing to make improvements based on customer feedback and satisfaction.
We believe in excellent customer service and strive to provide this with responsive assistance to customers whether they are a newcomer, an enthusiast or a connoisseur. With a variety of diversities and requirements we aim to meet our customers’ needs with our ever-increasing experience and knowledge.
Always looking for new and interesting lines of spirits to add to our catalogue of whisky, champagne, vodka, rum and more – Spirits by Post endeavour to offer the highest quality of product variety to our loyal followers and intrigued newcomers.
Our company may be smaller than some of the bigger guys in our field, however we are always injecting new ideas including website functionality improvements, advanced packaging methods, great customer service, organising interesting events and of course providing the world’s best spirits.
Old Pulteney 12 year was the victor and this experience left me feeling that the personal touch is never really far away when it comes to customer service in Whiski. My own experience with the bar staff was in itself very personable. Whiski is the kind of bar you enter and instantly feel welcome. The offer of a drinks list is always a nice introduction to any bar and coupled with a warm and friendly welcome can’t help but leave you feeling appreciated.
Inside the layout is very much that of a bar come café and the varied choice of background music does make for a relaxed and memorable experience. Being mid-afternoon on a Saturday the bar was filled with a mixed array of customers. Families, couples and lads out for a catch up, all adding to the open and welcome feel the bar offers. As far as decoration goes, this is about as varied as those eating and drinking inside. A combination of stag heads and whisky paraphernalia line the walls, mugs and tea cups are displayed in a similar way to your grannies dining room and old fashioned musical instruments intertwined with flashing Christmas tree lights all help to create something akin to the whisky induced abstract dream you had last weekend. The lighting is equally varied and comes from a collection of 30’s style hanging lanterns, traditional table lamps and mounted wall lights. The atmosphere is vibrant, lively and constantly changing and really sums up the younger changing feel that exists in today’s whisky fraternity.
In summing up you have to think about how this compares to other Edinburgh whisky establishments and it would be fair to say that the Whiski really does capture everything you would want a cosmopolitan whisky bar to be. Walking into the bar you instantly feel an air of relaxation and mystique in equal measures. You can’t help but look at the extensive whisky collection on the back bar along with everything else displayed throughout the bar. It is very much a place that combines both old and new and does so very well.
Definitely worth a visit when visiting Scotland’s capital.
Whisky Galore at The Green Welly Stop - Selling Scotch Whisky since 1976.
With many years of experience behind them, there's no better place to source your whisky.
Venturing into the online world in 2007, quietly building up their stock levels to what they are today. If there is a bottle that you are looking for - don't hesitate to contact them at Whisky Galore.
In 2013 and 2015 they were 'Highly Commended' in The Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky Scotland Award for Online Retailers, an award for which they are immensely proud.
Find out more about Whisky Galore on the main section of the Green Welly's main website, there you will be able to see what they have on offer in other areas of the business, such as The Outdoor Store, their Gift Shops and more!
Alhambra Bar situated on Edinburgh's Leith Walk provides a lively and vibrant atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink in Edinburgh's East end.
With all the character and charm of a village local, Alhambra Bar seems to be able to capture that city spirit in a traditional and comforting setting. Offering a varied choice of beers, wines and spirits Alhambra Bar is a must go to bar for any sports lover.
With Premiership and international football screenings and PGA golf available to patrons, Alhambra Bar offers both a friendly and welcoming ambience coupled with an exciting and charged atmosphere where locals and newcomers alike mix and engage.
With outdoor seating and all the benefits and presence that come with any corner bar, this is most definitely a place to experience and enjoy whenever next in Edinburgh.
Chauffeur & Wedding Car Services in Scotland
Aura Journeys are a long established provider of Chauffeur & Wedding Car services in the United Kingdom, with it's main offices in Central Scotland. Using Mercedes Benz vehicles, we pride ourselves on our first class reputation, providing chauffeur driven cars for all occasions, short or long distance. If you need a Chauffeur or Wedding Car in Central Scotland, Aura are the professionals.
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With years of experience and knowledge in the chauffeur industry, we pride ourselves on the service we deliver to our clients. Our drivers are fully licensed and have been enhanced DBS Checked for your peace of mind and safety. Our vehicles offer complimentary Wi-Fi & Bottled Water, giving you access to the internet during your journey.
If you want the full first class experience then our Mercedes S Class is the car for you. Our Mercedes S Class is the special long wheel base model, this offers you extra leg room, electric reclining and heated rear seats. A fitted Apple iPad with full internet access to browse the internet, watch a movie or catch up on your emails while on the move.
The S Class is available for all chauffeur duties, airport transfers through to business chauffeur journeys. If you're in need of a wedding car in Central Scotland, the Mercedes is the car for you, it gives you that special journey in complete luxury. A chilled bottle of water is always in the car along with a newspaper upon request.
Complimentary wireless internet can be requested along with laptop power, allowing the car to be your office while en route. Please contact Aura to get your journey price for the exclusive Mercedes S Class.
The Mercedes E Class is our most popular vehicle, with superb ride comfort and a luxury full leather interior your journey will just fly by. With Class leading safety features and in car entertainment you will arrive safe at your destination.
Our Mercedes E Class is finished in metallic silver with a full black leather interior. It also features 'Dual Zone' climate control to ensure the perfect temperature along with full in car entertainment.
The Mercedes E Class is available for all chauffeur duties, airport transfers through to business chauffeur journeys. If you are in need of a wedding car in Central Scotland the Mercedes E Class is ideal, please visit our wedding cars section for more details.
Our Mercedes V Class can take up to 7 passengers with luggage, and still give that business class experience. If it's good enough for celebrities then it's just what you want to transfer you to your airport / port for your holiday. Do you need an executive car for a business trip but need extra space? Then the V Class is equipped to be your office away from the office.
The Mercedes V Class seats 7 adult passengers in comfort in leather trimmed seats. On board there is full climate control and privacy glass to ensure your environment is perfect. To entertain you during your journey there is a DVD system (please request) and an on board fridge, so just sit back and relax or alternatively listen to your favourite radio station while the miles roll past.
Please use the contact form or email to enquire about the availability of the Mercedes V Class. The vehicle is very popular during the summer months taking people to airports / ports so make sure you book early. Child seats can be fitted but must be supplied by the client.
The historic Borders Royal burgh town of Peebles boasts many notable attractions including scenic rolling hill landscapes, the iconic river Tweed ambling down through the length of the town itself as well as the historic 14th century Neidpath Castle standing along the banks of the River Tweed as you head west out of the town. Venturing back into the town you come across a Neidpath of a slightly different sort in one of the towns favourite public houses, The Neidpath Inn.
As a long-established bar in the town, the Neidpath Inn was to come under the wing of a new proprietor in September of 2019 when Andrew Hittle took over the running of the inn. This was very much part of a lifelong ambition of Andrew’s since his days in the US Navy and is as much an extension of his entrepreneurial personality as it is an ever-evolving business serving both locals and visitors to the community.
Ever-evolving would be a fair way of summing up Andrew’s approach to running the Neidpath Inn as he continues to experiment and build the bar’s range of spirits, setting it aside from many other bars of its kind. With an ever-increasing range of malt whiskies including Jura, Glengoyne, Laphroaig and Yamazaki to a rum and gin portfolio that really helps forge the identity of this iconic Borders pub. As consumers continue to strive for ever more diversity and individuality in the spirits they choose to drink, tapping into this change in behaviour is something Andrew has clearly embraced and is evident with just a glance at the bar’s gantry.
This desire to set the Neidpath Inn aside and offer diversity and excitement extends beyond the offerings behind the bar with in-house entertainment that includes pool, darts, live bands, karaoke and an ever-increasing number of themed fancy-dress nights.
Outside the bar, investment is also evident with extensive outdoor seating made more comfortable with outdoor gas heating, blankets and a firepit making the ambience outside the Neidpath Inn equally as comforting as that inside.
Whether you are local to Peebles, visiting for the weekend or just passing through, experiencing the Neidpath Inn for yourself is really the only way to enjoy the remarkable offerings this rather spectacular place has to offer and if you decide to really settle in with a dram in your hand and your feet by the fire, the inn offers a choice of 5 bedrooms as well as a comfortable lounge and selection of sport of your choosing. Andrew is also sure to regale you with his personality, stories and passion as he does for so many of those who step through the doors of ‘The Path’.