Whisky expert to give talk at Leyburn venue ahead of sale of £20,000 bottle

Charles MacLean.

A leading Scotch whisky expert will give a talk and tasting at Tennants of Leyburn next month.

The talk by Charles MacLean on March 19 coincides with The Whisky Sale: A Private Collection, a single owner sale of rare collectors’ whiskies which will take place at the auction house the following day.

Charles MacLean is Scotland’s leading whisky expert.

He has written numerous acclaimed books on Scotch whisky and acts as a consultant to the whisky industry.

In his talk, Charles will be speaking about the development of Scottish whisky through the war years to the thriving industry it is today.

The talk will be followed by a guided tasting in association with Campbells of Leyburn.

At the heart of the collection going under the hammer is a bottle of The Macallan 52-Year-Old Select Reserve 1946 which has an estimate of £20,000 to 30,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Distilled just after the war when production of whisky – a luxury item – had stopped, it was made with peated malt due to the scarcity of coal.

A rarity on Speyside, it is now recognised as one of the greatest Macallans ever released.

Tickets to the Whisky Talk cost £20 and can be booked by calling Tennants on 01969 621146.

The private collection of whisky will be sold on Friday, March 20 at 10.30am and is on view from Sunday, March 15 from 11am-4pm, Monday, March 16 to Thursday, March 19 10am to 4pm and the morning of sale from 8am.

There is no charge for viewing or attending the sale.