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Oldest Brora sells for HK$147,000


The oldest bottling of Brora in existence fetched HK$147,000 (£14,500/US$19,000) at auction in Hong Kong on Friday (19 May) – almost doubling its pre-sale estimate. 

Brora 1972
One of a kind: Donna Methven, production team leader at Diageo’s Global Supply Centre in Leven, assesses the 1972 Brora

The 1972 Brora was matured for 44 years in an ex-Sherry butt and was the only bottle drawn from the cask. It was bottled as part of Diageo’s ‘Casks of Distinction’ collection.

With an abv of 58.6%, experts had predicted the whisky would sell for around HK$65,000-80,000 (US$8,300-10,300) at the Bonhams auction last week.

But an unnamed bidder obliterated those figures, paying almost double for ownership of the rare bottling.

Martin Green, Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh, said: ‘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.’

Several other whisky lots exceeded their pre-sale estimates in the auction, including a bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1937, which fetched HK$269,500 (high estimate HK$240,000), and a bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1940, with a winning bid of HK$245,000 (high estimate HK$240,000).

A bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1950, which had been expected to sell for up to HK$200,000, was withdrawn from sale.

Meanwhile, a bottle of Japanese Hanyu 2000 Pine with Crane fetched HK$39,200 (pre-sale high estimate HK$36,000), and a rare Prohibition-era bottle of Schenley’s Aged Medicinal Whiskey from the US sold for HK$36,750 (high estimate HK$25,000).

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