FAQs – Irish Whiskey Merchant
Below are some FAQs, but if you have other questions, please contact us via info@irishwhiskeymerchant.com
Sellers deliver bottles to Irish Whiskey Merchant. These bottles are then checked by our team and listed on the website for the next auction. Irish Whiskey Merchant runs an auction every month and registered users can bid on the bottles once the auction has begun. The highest bidder at the close of the auction is then notified and asked for payment- they have 7 days to pay for their Lot (otherwise late fees will apply). The seller receives payment within 7 days after all their sold items have been paid for by their respective bidders.
At Irish Whiskey Merchant we offer valuations free of charge. If you would like a valuation, please email a description of the whisky & image to: valuations@irishwhiskeymerchant.com. Please note that the value of a bottle of whisky is constantly fluctuating, valuations will be given based on latest market trends.
Selling on Irish Whiskey Merchant couldn’t be easier! The seller’s fees are:
• A £5 (plus VAT) registration fee for each lot.
• An additional £5 (plus VAT) fee if you’d like to put a reserve on that lot.
• We would only recommend setting a reserve price if it’s a niche product that’s rarely seen for sale but this decision is solely up to yourself. Please also note the following:
• 5% Sellers commission on hammer price.
• If you live within the UK, VAT of 20% will be added to all fees, including delivery and commission, but not added to the hammer price. If you live outside the UK, you will not be charged VAT (VAT will be applied at 0%).
• For 'VAT Applicable' lots (i.e. lots being sold either by a UK VAT Registered business, or a seller from out with the UK), VAT will also be added to the hammer price of the goods.
• For customers out with the UK/EU, a payment surcharge of 3.5% will apply to payments made by credit card.
To sell your whiskey, please register at Irish Whiskey Merchant and then fill out a submission form to post with your bottle(s) or deliver to us. Please visit our selling page.
Payment for bottles on Irish Whiskey Merchant will be accepted via the following:
• Bank Transfer
• Credit or Debit Card
Bottles along with submission form must arrive at least one week prior to the start of the auction in which they will be listed. Please either send your bottles by courier or hand deliver to:
K Cellars, 1 Magherafelt Rd, Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland, BT45 8AG
K Cellars, 45 Lawford St, Moneymore, Magherafelt BT45 7QF

We are open 7 days a week, 10am – 10pm.
The end date of the current auction is always clearly displayed on the homepage. From 8 pm onwards, the software begins to monitor online activity on the Irish Whiskey Merchant site. It will then close the auction at an unspecified time to defend the site against sniper software. As a result, the site will begin the closing process from 8pm onwards rather than closing at a specified time.
From previous experience, it will most likely finish sometime after 9pm. This process will also eliminate any need to rush bids at 8pm.
We will discuss reserves when booking in your bottles. Please note that reserves attract an additional fee per lot (£5 per lot) and are at the auctioneer’s discretion.
As many as you wish.
A £5 (plus VAT) registration fee for each lot.
An additional £5 (plus VAT) fee if you’d like to put a reserve on that lot.
Please note these charges are applicable each time a lot is listed in the case of relistings.
Usually around 14 days after the auction has ended. Please note that if we have to wait on payments coming in from the winners of your entered lots then this may take longer.
Lower Price Increment

£0.01 - £0.99


£1.00 - £4.99


£5.00 - £24.99


£25.00 - £99.99


£100.00 - £499.99


£500.00 - £999.99


£1,000.00 - £1,999.99


£2,000.00 - £2,999.99


£5,000.00 - £9,999.99


£10,000.00 - £19,999.99


£20,000.00 - £49,999.99


£50,000.00 - £99,999.99

To make sure your bottles are well protected, please keep your bottles upright, wrapped in plenty of bubble wrap and tightly packed in a strong, cardboard box. Please make sure to include the form below & fill out the relevant details. Bottles must be sent to: K Cellars, 1 Magherafelt Rd, Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland, BT45 8AG
Please note that all bottles sent to us are done so at your own risk. We will not be responsible for any damage or lost in transit. Keep note of your tracking numbers too.
If you are based overseas, especially if you’re in the US, please speak to us before you send in any bottles.
Of course! You can drop bottles and submission form off at K Cellars, 1 Magherafelt Rd, Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland, BT45 8AG, or K Cellars 45 Lawford St, Moneymore, BT45 7QF. We are open 7 days a week from 10am – 10pm.
We specialise in whiskey, however we do accept other spirits, wines & accessories too. We reserve the right to refuse any bottle for auction. If there is a doubt over the authenticity of a bottle, it will not be put into auction and returned to the seller.
Yes, we can offer sellers a full range of services when it comes to larger private collections. The time and effort required to build such a collection shows commitment, care and enthusiasm and as whisky enthusiasts ourselves, we understand this and use our extensive experience in order to treat collectors prized possessions with the respect, esteem and attention they deserve. We work hand in hand with private collectors to make the process of using our services as seamless and straightforward as possible.
Unfortunately we do not accept the following:

  • • Cream liqueurs
  • • Unofficial samples/minis, this includes press packs which are unsealed
  • • Unofficial/home made merchandise
  • • Any bottle which is unsealed or the seal is no longer intact
  • • Bottles which are leaking
  • • Bottles which are in a condition which is not suitable for sale, i.e. containing mould, etc
  • • Items which contain foods e.g. chocolate etc. We can’t be responsible for use-by dates or allergen information

Please see above for our right to refuse any bottle from the auction.
If your item fails to meet a reserve price, we still require the listing fee and reserve fee be paid.
We will then offer you a chance to re-list the item (subject to fees) or discuss returning the bottle to you (subject to delivery charge).
If you have won a bottle, once payment is received by Irish Whiskey Merchant, your whiskey will be dispatched within 7 working days.

Irish Orders – 2-3 working days of dispatch
UK Orders – 5 working days of dispatch
European Orders – 7 working days of dispatch
The Rest of the World varies, dependent on location.
Of course. Collection from Irish Whiskey Merchant is free. Please note: bottles can only be collected once they have been paid for and will only be stored for 2 weeks. Please wait for an email from our team to let you know your bottles are ready for collection before coming to the shop. After 2 weeks, there is a daily charge of £2 per bottle until the bottle is collected.
Yes. We can ship to a lot of places. For a full list of countries we can ship to and pricing, please see our delivery page. Unfortunately we currently are unable to ship to Canada.
We advise you to take out your own insurance if you wish to do so.
Payment is only complete if the buyer has paid Irish Whiskey Merchant, however, sellers can usually expect payment within 14 days from the end of the auction. Payment is made by direct bank transfer and can take a few days to show in your account.
Any banking charges or exchange rates are paid for by the seller.
Dates for our future auctions can be found in our Auction Calendar. Bottles must be in for exactly one week before the auction.
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