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

Using our auction is very straightforward.  Once registered you will receive an email when our auction goes live. You are then able to browse freely and to bid on the available lots.  For a quick guide to using our site, please see the steps below:

Register on our site

Registration will always be free with us! 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 Range Increment
£0.01 - £0.99    £0.25
£1.00 - £4.99    £1.00
£5.00 - £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 - No Limit    £100.00

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 activity on any item will prolong the ENTIRE auction by a further 2 minutes.

The entire auction ends when there has been no activity placed within the last two minutes after 7pm and can take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours 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.

Our Buying Fees

Auction Fees

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 Delivery - 3% of the total value of your order, please contact us post auction to add this to your order

Payment Methods

Bank Transfer/BACS or Transferwise
Debit Card
Credit Card (3% surcharge applicable)
Paypal (3.4% surcharge applicable)

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

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept the following cards

Diners cards

Our Upcoming Auctions

  • November 18th - November 28th bottles need to be with us by November 7th
  • December 19th - January 2nd bottles need to be with us by December 12th
  • January 27th - February 6th bottles need to be with us by January 16th
  • February 24th - March 6th bottles need to be with us by February 13th


NEXT AUCTION: Starts on Friday 27th January and finishes on Monday 6th February 2017. Bottles required by January 16th.

Contact Us

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

Tel: 01738 245576


Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm