A Kilwinning seller was over the moon when their rare bottle of whisky was snapped up at auction for £2,200 by a buyer from New York.

The bottle of 30-year-old Macallan Fine Oak sold by an anonymous resident was one of the highlights in McTear’s Rare & Fine Whisky Auction.

McTear’s specialist, Graeme Maxwell, said: “The Macallan 30-year-old is a very collectable whisky because of its unique combination of casks, which result in subtle tasting notes of sandalwood vanilla and black cherry.

“When the bidding started it was clear there were quite a few collectors keen to get their hands on the dram, with the bottle eventually going to a buyer in New York. It goes without saying that our Ayrshire seller was thrilled with the result.”

He added: “Collectors and whisky enthusiasts across the world recognise that their bottles can fetch thousands of pounds, but many people have no idea how valuable their whisky at home is. It is always worth having a look in your cupboards and loft as you never know what you may find.”