Largest whisky set to be sold, such as several’unicorn’ bottles.

Largest whisky set to be sold, such as several’unicorn’ bottles.

For 2 years, the Colorado businessman and philanthropist spent countless hours researching distilleries in Scotland and trolling auctions in his pursuit for the best scotch specimens. Gooding, who died at 67 in 2014, gathered 3,900 bottles.

In February and April, they will become the largest private whisky set ever to hit the auction block, based on Whiskey Auctioneer, a Scottish company that announced the online sale Monday. The trove includes an unprecedented number of bottles from storied names such as Springbank, Bowmore and Macallan.

Collectors are driving costs of rare and old single malt scotch to gaudy levels.

The Gooding auction will feature two of these Macallans, which then removed from a single cask in 1986 and were distilled in 1926. One of them features a tag produced by the Italian art painter Valerio Adami. Just a dozen of the Adami bottles were made, and the whisky world mourned when a 2011 earthquake in Japan destroyed among these.

‘The number of those who have even tasted this whisky are few and far between, so to get two of these unicorn bottles in one auction is quite exciting,’ said Becky Paskin, a scotch consultant and writer.

The sale, which might total up to 8 million pounds, is a coup for Iain McClune, a 33-year-old entrepreneur who founded Whiskey Auctioneer at a two-room basement office in central Scotland six years back. His company is one of a new generation of internet players who are hard traditional powers like Sotheby’s in the rare-spirits sector.

Aficianados also are expected to zero in on bottles out of missing distilleries that ceased production past. Dallas Dhu, a onetime whisky-maker in Speyside known to get a liquor is included by them.

There also will be lots of Bowmore from Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland. All these whiskies were the favorites of Gooding, according to his widow, Nancy. There is A 1964 Black Bowmore expected to draw bids of 12,000 to 17,000 lbs. A Springbank from 1919 comes with an estimated assortment to 220,000 pounds of 180,000.

‘Richard’s assignment was to collect a jar that represented every single distillery,’ Nancy Gooding said in a statement. -Bloomberg

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