Bought – Online Auction, 6th June 2014
94/100 – Whisky Bible 2006
I was fortunate enough to inherit a bottle of Glenmorangie 10yo from the 1990s so I know how good this single malt used to be. It’s still excellent today but I have to wonder if it improves a little with age in the bottle. My 1990s version definitely has a fuller flavour and taste experience when compared to the new ‘Original’ 10yo. But where could I get more of this vintage Glenmorangie? The answer was simple – an online auction.
One nice thing about Glenmorangie is that it doesn’t cost a lot at auction. With the distillery producing so much, there are plenty of old bottles kicking around, which keeps down the price. I’d noticed two identical lots to my one, with the engraved glasses, going for £25 each at a previous auction in April 2014. I set my maximum bid to £25 and won with £22.50. Fantastic!
Unfortunately the winning bid at auctions isn’t what you pay. If only it was that transparent! When all the calculations were done I was presented with a bill for, wait for it,… £53! More than double my winning bid. This included commission, VAT, postage (£12) and optional insurance of £12. Having bought from this auction house before I refused the optional insurance and paid £41, which isn’t bad for a 70cl bottle of vintage malt with two distillery glasses. I know they pack the bottles well so I felt confident nothing would be broken in transit.
It doesn’t take a genius to realise why I dislike auctions. You have to be very careful you remember all the ‘hidden’ costs that get added at the end, and not get too enthralled and engrossed in the bidding frenzy. Worst of all in my opinion is the optional insurance, when postage is already being charged at £12. Surely the insurance is included in the delivery, as with most online whisky shops who can charge as little as £5 for several bottles?!