Hunt for rare whisky from Girvan distillery

Rare whisky experts are asking communities in Ayrshire to hunt for any rare bottles of whisky they might have from Girvan’s former Ladyburn Distillery.

The team from Rare Whisky 101 are asking for lovers to scour attics and cupboards for any bottles from the distillery which closed in 1975.

During the first six months of 2015, 13 bottles of whisky from Ladyburn have sold at auction with a bottle also going for £2,000 in November 2013.

Whisky’s from Scotland’s closed distilliers have been beneficiaries in the demand for rare whisky.

The Ladyburn Distillery was founded in 1966 by William Grant and Sons and produced single malt whisky until closing nine years later.

David Robertson, co-founder of Rare Whisky 101, said: “Whisky from Scotland’s silent distilleries is undoubtedly in high demand at the moment.

“However, while many of these rare bottles are now being bought or sold for investment, collection, or purely just for drinking, there are still a huge number of bottles from these silent distilleries which are just gathering dust, with the owners unaware of the whisky’s value. We’re also confident that many of these bottles are most likely located in and around the communities from where these silent distilleries were based.

“We’d urge anyone who has got any old bottles from the Ladyburn Distillery to get in touch with us and seek a valuation. They could be in for a very pleasant surprise.”

The values of whisky being bought and sold at auction have soared in recent years. According to the Rare Whisky Top 1000 index, the 1000 most collectable Scotch whiskies have increased in value by 250 per cent since December 31 2008 to the end of June this year.

In the last 12 months alone, values have gone up by over 13 per cent.