The world’s oldest Brora whisky ever bottled in existence reportedly went under the hammer in an auction held by Bonhams recently in Hong Kong where it fetched a whopping value of HK$147,000 (roughly RM81,181)!
As previously reported, this 1972 Brora single malt whisky was matured for 44 years in an ex-Sherry butt, and it stands as the only bottle drawn from said cask. It was bottled especially for the auction as part of the ‘Casks of Distinction’ collection by Brora’s parent company Diageo, and it carries an ABV rating of 58.6%. FYI, Diageo also owns a number of other leading whisky brands such as Johnnie Walker, Lagavulin and Oban amongst others.
Initially, experts has estimated this one of a kind bottle of the oldest Brora whisky in existence to fetch bids between HK$65,000 to HK$80,000. The winning bid of HK$147,000 by an unnamed bidder obliterated these initial figures by nearly doubling it.
“This was a very special bottle of whisky – a true one-off – and I am not surprised that it was contested so fiercely nor that it sold for such an impressive price,” said Martin Green, Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh.
Besides the Brora, Bonhams also auctioned off several other rare whiskies that surpassed their initial values. Highlights included two bottles of The Macallan Fine & Rare from 1937 and 1940 that sold for HK$269,500 and HK$245,000 respectively.
The Hong Kong auction also saw a bottle of Japanese Hanyu 2000 Pine with Crane that sold for HK$39,200, followed by an equally rare Prohibition-era bottle of Schenley’s Aged Medicinal Whiskey from the US that sold for HK$36,750.
Together with the aforementioned oldest Brora ever bottled, the collective value of for all five bottles of rare whiskies auctioned by Bonhams stood at HK$737,450 altogether, or roughly RM407,257.
(main image source: scotchwhisky.com)
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