Auction live
January 2022
Ends 30 January 20:00 CET

Quickstart: how to buy whisky

Our auctions are held on a monthly basis. The auction opens on Friday evening 20:00 CET and closes on Sunday evening the next week from 20:00 CET, so it will run for 9 days. On this page you will learn all about bidding in our auctions.
Step 1
Register account

Of course you must have an European Whisky Auctions account before you can bid on lots. Registration costs €5 (excluding VAT) to authenticate users and avoid illegitimate bidding. The registration fee is a one-off, non-refundable fee.

By creating an account you automatically agree to our terms of use (for buyers). When you create your account, we will also ask you to confirm your e-mail address. Later you can set up your own seller's account in your dashboard.

As said before, our auctions are based on a monthly basis. Below you will find a few scheduled auctions. All our registered users receive an e-mail when the auction is about to open.

Auction live Closes down Bottle registration deadline
04-02-2022 20:00 CET 13-02-2022 20:00 CET 28-01-2022
18-02-2022 20:00 CET 27-02-2022 20:00 CET 11-02-2022
04-03-2022 20:00 CET 13-03-2022 20:00 CET 25-02-2022

Check the auction calendar for an overview of all auction dates.

We have built in several tools to help you quickly find your favourite bottle. In the lot overview you can sort by name, price and number of bids.

In addition, you can filter on all kinds of relevant characteristics such as the name of the distillery, bottler, year of distillation, age, etc. Anything missing? Let us know and we will see if we can implement it for you and others.

Have you found the whisky of your dreams? All the characteristics are correct? Then it's time for a close inspection! We have put together a few tips to get you started.

Step 2
Find lots
Step 3
Place your bid

We have made bidding as easy as possible. Basically, you enter your bid and click on the submit button. Then in the background many things happen. We check whether your bid is sufficient, whether it matches the minimum increment and whether another (automatic) bid has priority.

If everything went well, you will see immediately if you have the highest bid. A higher bid is placed later? Bad luck... But of course we will make sure that you will hear this as soon as possible. We will notify you by e-mail. You can then place a new bid if you wish.

Sometimes you have to act quickly in order not to miss the boat at the last moment. It is therefore important that you understand the anatomy of the bid column. There you will find information about the current bid, the reserve price, the minimum increment (show the bidsteps table) and other information. And of course the possibility to place a bid.

Another thing you should know about bidding is that it can be done in two ways. First, you can place a direct bid. If the bid is valid, it will be added to the lot immediately. You can also choose to let our system bid for you. We call that autobidding. You then enter a maximum bid and our system will bid based on the bidding steps until your maximum bid is reached. If you are outbid, we will automatically notify you by e-mail.

Have you received an invoice from us? Congratulations! That means you had the highest bid and won the bottle.

We will notify you by e-mail. Follow the link in your e-mail to process your order. A buyers fee of 10% is added to the hammer price of all lots within your order. Have you supported us by adopting one or more dots? Then the buyer's fee is paid from that credit. You can find this in your dashboard. You can still adopt dots. The credit will be valid from then on for future auctions.

You can pay using various payment methods: bank transfers, iDEAL (Dutch customers only) and all major credit cards. Currently, we do not accept American Express. A surcharge of 3.5% applies to creditcard payments from users outside the European Union.

Step 4
Step 5
Enjoy your whisky!

Once we have received your payment, we will inform the seller that the package can be shipped. Usually this has to be done within three days after we have informed the seller.

The seller will post a track & trace code in the bottle tracker. There you can follow the package and ask the buyer questions if necessary. After receiving the package, you can indicate in the bottle tracker that everything went well (within 3 days). We will then pay the seller.

Finally, enjoy your dram!

Do you have any questions left? Please don't forget to checkout our frequently asked questions on buying whisky.