A unique Bonhams auction of rare whisky
On January 21, an auction of exclusive drinks organized by the Bonhams auction house took place in Hong Kong. There was 470 items of rare Scotch whisky and the most valuable bottle was a 50-year-old whisky from the Highland Park distillery, the price of which is estimated at around a quarter of a million dollars. Part of the profits from the sale of this item will go to the environmental charity Green Power.
The 50-year-old whisky was released in 2020 as a limited edition of 274 bottles. The contents of the bottles come from 9 different casks, distilled in 1968, which, after 40 years of maturation, were poured into first-fill sherry casks. Then, after another 12 years of maturation, one of these casks was bottled with a small addition of 50-year-old Highland Park whisky. This unusual method of production follows the solera system, best known as the sherry maturation method.
The bottle is signed by Gordon Motion, a Highland Park master blender, and is presented in a handcrafted wooden walnut box crafted by Scottish master craftsman John Galvin.
Bonhams Asia director of wine and spirits, Daniel Lam, said in a prepared statement that the January auction was in response to growing demand from collectors for whisky.
In addition to the aforementioned Highland Park, the hammer will also include: Macallan Lalique Steam Train 1937, Macallan Fine & Rare 1946, Macallan Fine & Rare 1937, Macallan Millennium 1949 and Macallan Fine & Rare 1940.