Learn How To Buy Whisky At Auction

How to buy whisky in an online auction - Whisky-Online Auctions

How to buy whisky in our online whisky auction

Looking for those hard to find whiskies, well you have come to the right place. Whisky-Online Auctions aim is to offer the rarest whiskies ever bottled. Each auction features bottles that hardly ever come to auction alongside rarities that have never been seen on the open market before. There will always be something to interest you as a drinker, collector or investor.

Register to buy

Anyone over the legal drinking age in their country can register on our auction for free. If you wish to bid you will have to pay a one-off payment of £3. This is part of our due diligence to ensure we have genuine bidders.

How to bid


You can bid on items from numerous places on our website but your personal Watchlist allows you to narrow down your selection. Making it easier for you to manage only the items you are interested in. 

Auto bids

When you place a bid, your bid will be recorded and checked against any auto bids previously placed by another member. The next bid will be based on the following increment table.

If your maximum bid is greater than the current bid, our system will run the Auto-bid feature and will bid on your behalf not exceeding your maximum bid, and always ensuring your bid is at the lowest possible increment.

Single bid

The Single Bid button is a new feature we have introduced to allow users to place bids without the need to enter an amount manually. This feature is useful in the final hours of the auction. 

Buyers' fees

15% buyers commission

VAT is payable by the buyer on all services provided by the auctioneer, not the hammer price. Please note, VAT will not apply for orders shipped outside the UK.


Payment is due immediately after the closure of the auction, although we do allow up to three days for you to choose your prefered method. Faster payment means you are more likely to receive your goods quicker. If payment has not been made within at least 3 days, funds will automatically be taken under the future pay agreement. Failure to make funds available may result in your account being suspended permanently.

Payment Methods

UK & EU debit or credit card - No surcharge.

Overseas debit or credit card - Carries a surcharge of 3%

Non-UK bank transfer - all costs must be met by the buyer

Cash on collection - no surcharge

Late payments

Additional 3% of the full invoice amount will be charged for payments not received in full within 3 days after the auction closes.

Shipping & Insurance

At any time during an auction, you can pre-calculate shipping estimates. Or you can opt to collect item(s) from our premises for free.

Whisky-Online Auctions Shipping

Whisky-Online shipping service is conducted in-house by ourselves. Having over 10 years of experience wrapping and packing old & rare whiskies, we understand to source high-grade and bespoke materials to ensure our customers' goods are received in the condition they left us. This service does come at a premium compared to what you may expect to pay at a whisky retail shop.


Insurance is optional and can be un-ticked at the checkout if not required. Regardless of whether insurance has been taken or not, all parcels are prepared with the same care and attention.


US Customs charges are calculated on ABV% and Volume. Your shipping fees include all US taxes and FDA fees where applicable. 

Non-UK Customers

Your order may subject to local taxes and duties upon arrival in your country, any additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by you or the recipient. Customs policies vary widely from country to country, we advise you contact your local customs office if you require any further information.

Persons to whom any alcohol will be delivered to must be of Legal Age in the respective Country. At the time of delivery, any shipment containing an alcohol beverage product will require the signature of an adult; he or she is at least of Legal Age.