Buyers Guide

Buyers Guide

In a few simple steps


Membership Registration

To bid on our auction you will firstly need to register for Full Membership.

You can register very easily by clicking Join Here at the bottom of this section. There is a one-off joining fee of £6 inc VAT and this will entitle you to buy and sell online with regular updates on future member benefits too.

Once you are registered with a Full Membership you can log in and place bids on lots in our live auction as well as track previous results from our past auctions.

Please ensure that you also read and agree to our terms and conditions prior to registration.

If we can assist you with registration in any way, then please do not hesitate to contact our auction team.

Email us [email protected]

Call us on: +44(0)1340 835445

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Create an account to start bidding on lots

Create an Account Create an account to start bidding on lots

Live Auctions

Our online whisky auctions are held monthly, and we will keep registered members updated about forthcoming auctions and featured bottles. Once the auction goes live you can view the entire auction or search for specific lots using our intelligent filters.

The auction starts on a Thursday evening and typically runs for 5 days ending on a Tuesday evening after 8pm. (GMT)

You will only be able to view whisky lots when the auction is live, and we always encourage our buyers not to wait until the last second to bid as we use ‘anti-sniping’ software to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. If a bid is placed on a bottle in the last 15 minutes of the timer, the end time will be increased by 15 minutes to allow the second highest bidder to consider an increased bid. The auction timer will not end on that item until there has been a period of 15 minutes of no bidding activity.

At the end of each auction, we will publish the results of every lot under the Previous Auction section of our website.

Auction Dates
Auction LIVE Auction closes
Thursday 9th May Tuesday 14th May
Thursday 6th June Tuesday 11th June
Thursday 11th July Tuesday 16th July

How To Bid

When the auction goes live you should log into your personal account.

There will be a fantastic range of bottles to browse in each auction. It’s very important that you inspect each bottle and read about it’s condition before you make a bid. If you are happy to proceed then you can select the amount you want to bid from the dropdown field and our website will ask you to confirm your bid.

We use a minimum bid increment system which means that our website will tell you what the minimum bid required is next to where you place your bid. The auction software automatically bids the lowest amount for you to be the winning bidder on that auction lot.

Certain lots are registered by either a VAT-registered business or non-UK sellers. In these cases, they will be classified as VAT Applicable lots, with clear markings and the corresponding payment amount displayed during bidding. 20% VAT will be added to the hammer price and commission for these lots.

At any time during the live auction, you can view your bids by logging in to your account.

Our Buyers commission rate is 10%

VAT Applicable to UK members fees and commission.

Bidding Increments
Current Bid
Up to £49.99
£50 – £99.99
£100 – £499 
£500 – £999
£1000 – £2,499
£2,500 – £4,999
£5,000 – £24,999
£25,000 – £49,999


Once the auction has ended, we will contact you by email to confirm your purchase. We will then ask you to complete your payment using the payment link provided or alternatively you can log on to your member account.  At this point you can also select your delivery or collection preference and check out securely.                                                                        

When the auction ends, we kindly ask that you check out immediately, as late payment fees apply after 3 days of the auction ending and these fees will be charged at 3% of the item value.

Payment can be made by BACS/Bank Transfers and we accept all Visa & Mastercard debit and credit cards.


Shipping And Collection

Once payment has been received, we aim to arrange the delivery or collection of your items as soon as possible. Speyside Whisky Auction provides international shipping to most parts of the world but there are some exceptions, including parts of the EU community. Please ensure that we can deliver to your destination country before placing a bid.

Import VAT & Shipping Fees

Please also check the level of import VAT and shipping fees you should expect to pay in your destination country prior to bidding.

Storage: If you would like us to store your bottles then we can provide 90 days of free secure storage, thereafter we will apply a charge of £1 per day, per lot + VAT.

Collection: If you would prefer to collect your bottles then we will be happy to arrange an appointment by calling our office on 01340 835445.

Office Address:   

Speyside Whisky Auctions 

110B High Street,


AB38 9NX