Whisky Focus - Glenury Royal 1953 Fetches Record Price At Auction

Glenury Royal 1953 Fetches Record Price At Auction

7th August 2020
A bottle of Glenury Royal 50 Year Old distilled in 1953 fetches a record price of £14,000 for a bottle of whisky from the now lost Highland distillery.

Glenury Royal 50 Year Old 1953

Even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic whisky auction prices are continuing to reach news highs, in a recent auction hosted by the online whisky auction specialist, Whisky Auctioneer, a bottle of Glenury Royal 50 Year Old 1953 Vintage achieved a price of £14,000, which was a new record price for the sadly now lost Highland distillery.

The record-breaking Glenury Royal 1953 50 year old was Bottle #1 of just 498 bottles released in 2003 as part of Diageoís Special Releases in homage to the distillery's legacy. It is by far one of the scarcest as well as the oldest whisky ever bottled for the annual series.

With an intriguing and dramatic history, The Glenury Royal Distillery was located near Stonehaven in the Highland whisky region before it joined the array of Scotlandís lost distilleries. It closed its doors and ceased production in 1985 meaning its liquid is exceedingly difficult to come by. It is this scarcity that has led to these fascinating and historical spirits from Scotlandís lost distilleries becoming some of the most highly prized and sought-after possessions for collectors in recent years .

Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: "This fantastic result is testament not only to the exceptional maturity of the Glenury Royal 1953 50 year old but also to the enduring mystery and lure that lost distilleries pose for rare whisky collectors and enthusiasts around the globe.

"The secondary whisky market has witnessed significant growth in recent years and a key component of this growth has been lost distillery bottlings. With dwindling stocks many of these expressions are becoming exceptionally rare and sought after. We are enthusiastic to showcase a wide range of lost distillery examples in our monthly auctions at varying levels of accessibility. For a budding collector these whiskies can be a great place to start, offering a fascinating window into Scotlandís distilling past."

The Glenury Royal Distillery was founded in 1825, taking its name from the glen that runs through the Ury district. Its first owner was Captain William Barclay, a diverse character and a close friend of the Royal Family. His whisky was just one of the three to be granted permission to use the Royal suffix/prefix with only Royal Lochnagar and Royal Brackla sharing the honour .

This record-breaking single malt was not the only lost distillery highlight of the recent online whisky auction, which also saw a very rare independent bottling from closed Speyside distillery Caperdonich (previously known simply as Glen Grant 2) achieve a hammer price of £3,100. Other noteworthy results from the auction included a 55 year old single malt from The Macallan, presented in a handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter, which reached a £60,000 hammer price, and a cask filled with spirit distilled at Glenrothes distillery in 2009, selling for £8,400.

Although bottle no.1 of the Glenury Royal 1953 is now sold you do occasionally find other bottlings of the Glenury Royal 1953 vintage as well as other expressions from the lost distillery available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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