Tuesday 17 September 2019

Fancy a drop of this rare Irish whiskey? Then it’ll cost you a neat €10,000

The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey was matured by the Cassidy family.

Photo: Eugene T. Hamill/Victor Mee Auctions/PA Wire
Photo: Eugene T. Hamill/Victor Mee Auctions/PA Wire

Michelle Devane

AN extremely rare bottle of old Irish whiskey is expected to go under the hammer for up to €10,000 at auction next week.

The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey was matured by the Cassidy family, who made whiskey at their Co Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921.

In recent years, the Ballykelly Mill has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen, who plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on site and revive Monasterevin’s heritage of producing fine whiskey.

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Photo: Eugene T. Hamill/Victor Mee Auctions/PA Wire
Photo: Eugene T. Hamill/Victor Mee Auctions/PA Wire

The item is set to go for auction at Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on July 31, with an estimate of between €5,000 and €10,000.

The hand-blown, unopened bottle, is one of only two known such bottles – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey museum.

The whiskey has been described by the auction house as the star lot in the Clermont Collection Rare Advertising, Pub Memorabilia and Architectural Fittings sale, which will take place over two days from July 30-31.

Also for auction will   be a rare early 20th century large Irish copper whiskey cylinder, which holds roughly 300 litres.

It is expected to sell for up to €1,800.

The auction house said they expected it might be of interest to a publican to display in their bar.

The sale also offers bidders the chance to own  a piece of the history of  Louth institution, the Clermont Arms pub in Blackrock.

Auctioneer Bryan Mee, son of Victor, said: “Whiskey is another area of expertise for us at Victor Mee Auctions.

“Selling extremely rare bottles of whiskey is becoming a common

occurrence for us,” he added.

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