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Irish Whiskey Auctions to Feature Elusive Very Rare Midleton 1988

Irish Whiskey Auctions to feature very rare 1988 Midleton.

 THE forthcoming Irish Whiskey auction will feature an elusive, very rare bottle of Midleton 1988 in its March auction which opens on Fri 22nd March 2019, with the bottle expected to see bids in excess of €10,000.

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This very rare 1988 expression bottle of Midleton 1988 will be auctioned on 22 March at Irish Whiskey Auctions.

Other rare and unique whiskeys in the March auction include Very Rare Midleton bottles from 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989 – seldom available to purchase. In addition to the Midletons, there’s a full range of Teeling small batch collaboration bottles, a full collection of limited-edition Game of Thrones Whiskey and a highly sought-after American bottle of whiskey – a Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old family reserve. 

I’ve been contacted by the PR company representing Dundalk based Irish Whiskey Auctions asking me to give a Heads Up / Shout Out for their next Online Irish Whiskey Auction which takes place on 22 March. Although not a “whiskey collector / whiskey investor” myself, I’m delighted to support them, as I had previously worked with Irish Whiskey Auctions, Great Northern Distillery and Portmagee Whiskey on a charity auction event in Dundalk last year.

Founded by Dundalk couple, Anthony and Catherine Sheehy, the March 22 auction marks the fifth auction from Irish Whiskey Auctions with the February auction setting record prices for a Jameson 15-year-old Pure Pot Still and an Allmans Irish Whiskey Distillery in Bandon, pre-dating 1900, sold in excess of €10,000.

Anthony and Catherine hope to bring together buyers and sellers from around the globe whilst offering expert bottle and collection valuations. Featuring the best of Irish whiskey such as Midleton, Jameson, Connemara and world Favourites such as Macallan, Glenfiddich and Karuizawa, Irish Whiskey Auctions aim is to provide buyers, collectors and sellers with a diverse, reliable and unrivalled auction service.

“Irish whiskey is the world’s fastest-growing spirits category, yet until we launched Irish Whiskey Auctions there was no platform that promoted and allowed people to both buy and sell a fantastic range of whiskey from Ireland,” comments Anthony Sheehy.

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Founder of Irish Whiskey Auctions, Anthony Sheehy with co-investors Willie Aherne, owner of the iconic Palace Bar in Dublin’s Fleet Street and Alan Campbell, owner of The Bankers Bar on Trinity Street, Dublin.

He continues: “Since we launched last year, we’ve had people contacting us requesting a Very Rare Midleton 1988, which up until now, has proved to be elusive. We’ve absolutely delighted to have sourced this particularly rare bottle and expect interest to be extremely high in the 88. This bottle has the potential to add significant value in completing a Midleton collection for serious Irish whiskey enthusiasts.”

 Since their very first auction in September 2018, Irish Whiskey Auctions has received more than double the consignments they originally anticipated.

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The Irish Whiskey Auctions Team

I was interested to learn that previous auction Lots have included a complete collection of Irish Midleton Very Rare (34 bottles) selling for €36,100, as I was recently approached by a friend with a similar complete collection asking my advice on a valuation.

Other recent sales included an early collection of ten bottles of small-batch Dingle whiskey which sold for €5,500. In the upcoming auction, the Very Rare Midleton 1988 will sit alongside other early years of Midleton Very Rare and several high-end Scotch and Japanese whiskies.

Similar to other auction platforms, Irish Whiskey Auctions has a “closing time” that will extend each time a last-minute bid is placed. This is to protect both the seller and the buyer, insuring that a bottle isn’t “swiped” from a bidder at the last moment without them having a chance to re-bid for it.

The next auction launches online on 22th March and it’s expected to feature over 400 bottles of whiskey.  For more information visit IrishWhiskeyAuctions.ie.


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Stuart McNamara (@WhiskeyBlogger) is an international Whiskey Blogger who edits several International Whisk(e)y and Whiskey Tourism sites including IrishWhiskey.com and WhiskeyBlogger.com. He is Chair of the Irish Craft And Artisan Distilleries Association (ICADA) and is an elected member of the National Council of ISME, the Irish SME Association. He is also the creator and editor of International Irish Whiskey Day which is celebrated on 3/3 or 3rd March each year and had a global social media reach in 2021 of over 20 Million. He is a Director of Portmagee Whiskey and has also acted as both a brand and product development consultant to several other Irish Whiskey and other spirits producers.

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