Getting Started Buying Whisky

Thank you for visiting Whisky Auctioneer. Buying fine and rare whisky could not be easier than with us. 

Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning fine and rare bottles of whisky (and other spirits).  With the most competitive fees and fast service there is really no other auction to buy from.


Auction System Explained

Taking part in our on-line auctions is simple: register here, and you will receive an email when our auction goes live. You can then browse the auction freely and bid on all of the available lots.  A quick guide can be found below.

Register on our site

Register with us, it's worth it.  It costs £5 (ex VAT) but once you are registered you are all set to participate in our auctions. We are able to support you throughout the entire auction/registration process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You can register on the form at the bottom of this page.

Search our auction

Use our friendly search, navigation and filter tools to browse the current auction.

Select a lot

Select a Lot, read the description and take a good look at the pictures.

Bid on a lot

Once you are happy, enter the maximum bid you would be happy to pay for the item. Once your maximum bid is placed our system automatically increases the bid level of the Lot incrementally (based on the table below) until it reaches your maximum bid. 


Price RangeIncrement
£15.00 - £24.99£2.00
£25.00 - £99.99   £5.00
£100.00 - £499.99   £10.00
£500.00 - £999.99   £25.00
£1,000.00 - £1,999.99   £50.00
£2,000.00 - £9,999.99   £100.00
£10,000.00 - No Limit   £500.00

Once confirmed you will instantly see whether or not you are the highest bidder, or if you have yet to meet the reserve. When you are outbid we will automatically notify you by email. If the auction has not yet ended you will be able to increase your maximum bid should you wish.

How the Auction Ends

The end date of the current auction will always be clearly displayed on the orange notification bar at the foot of the website.

Our auctions end from 7pm (GMT). Once 7pm is reached, bidding activity on any item will continue to prolong the ENTIRE auction by a further 2 minutes.

The two conditions necessary for the auction to finish are that 7pm has passed, and that a full 2 minute period has been observed where no bids have been placed on any bottle in the entire auction​. This means that it can often take between 2.5 to 3.5 hours for the auction to end.

Win a lot

When the auction ends, we will automatically notify you by email if you have won the lot.


If you have successfully won at auction, you will receive a notification from us.  Payment is required immediately, please see our terms and conditions for more information.  


Once payment is received, we aim to deliver as soon as possible. We are able to deliver whiskies internationally. Our delivery charges are listed here.

Risk Free Shipping

In order to lower risks associated with transporting winning lots, Whisky Auctioneer recommends that you collect your lots directly from our premises in Perth, Scotland. Should this not be possible or you prefer to have your lots shipped to you, then liability for both loss and damage rests with the purchaser.

While our team takes every effort to package and dispatch orders carefully and securely, the Courier Companies do not take on any liability for items lost or broken in transit. To address this, Whisky Auctioneer offers our customers ‘Risk Free Shipping’ in order to provide a method to cover items lost or broken in transit (cost is 3% of Hammer Price + Commission.). By purchasing ‘Risk Free Shipping’ when checking out, your lots will be protected against loss or breakage in transit.

Please note that Risk Free Shipping provides cover for breakage and loss during transit only – Risk Free Shipping does not cover any loss arising from an item’s condition. Therefore, it will not protect against seal failures or cosmetic damage to lots. Please see our buying page for more information.

For your convenience, this is automatically selected at the checkout stage.  However, if you do not wish to take out Risk Free Shipping on your purchase, please deselect this when completing your order.

Storing Items

Items can be collected or stored with us for combining and later dispatch. Storage is free for 3 months, After 3 months there is a daily £1 per Order charge. 

Combining Stored Items for Delivery

We can, of course, combine multiple orders to save money on shipping costs.  To do this please complete any outstanding order selecting "Collection/Storage" and then complete the form to Combine Orders for Shipping.

Our Buying Fees

Auction Fees

Buying Commission - 10% of the final selling price / hammer Price

Please note VAT (at 20%) is charged to commission, delivery and surcharges.  VAT is not applicable to the hammer price of the whisky.

Additional Fees

Risk Free Shipping (Optional) - 3% of the total value of all Lots included in your order.
Late Payment Fee - 3% of the total order balance outstanding 168 hours (7 days) following close of auction.
Non-EEA Credit Card Surcharge - 3% on credit card payments from buyers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

Payment Methods

Bank Transfer / BACS / IBAN
Debit Card
Credit Card

If you wish to pay by an alternative method please call us on 01738 245576 to discuss.

We are unable to accept the following payment methods

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Paypal
  • JCB / Diners / Maestro / American Express Cards


2019 Dates

April 26th - May 6th bottles need to be with us by April 15th 

*RUM AUCTION* May 10th - May 20th bottles need to be with us by May 6th

May 24th – June 3rd bottles need to be with us by May 13th

June 21st - July 1st bottles need to be with us by June 10th

July 26th - August 5th bottles need to be with us by July 15th

August 23rd – September 2nd bottles need to be with us by August 12th

September 27th - October 7th bottles need to be with us by September 16th

October 25th – November 4th bottles need to be with us by October 14th

November 22nd - December 2nd bottles need to be with us by November 11th

December 20th - January 6th bottles need to be with us by December 9th


April 2019 Auction starts Friday 26th April. Deadline for entries is Monday 15th.

Contact Us

Whisky Auctioneer Ltd
West Building
Ruthvenfield Grove
Inveralmond Industrial Estate
United Kingdom

Tel: 01738 245576


Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm