Rare 1937 Glenfiddich whisky to sell at Christie’s

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Rare 1937 Glenfiddich whisky to sell at Christie’s

21 May 2012, 10:58 GMT+01

The rarest Glenfiddich whisky in existence is to be sold at Christie’s London Fine and Rare Wines Including Rare Spirits Auction on June 7th.

The bottle, from the Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937, is numbered 42 of 61, of the 1937 distillation bottled in 2001. It is offered by an anonymous private collector, estimated to sell for £50,000-£70,000. Therefore it possesses the potential to beat the world record for a bottle of whisky, currently held by a Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve sold for $94,000 (£59,335) in New York, in March of this year.

The story of this rare whisky is one of patience and passion. In the year 1937, cask 843 at the Dufftown Glenfiddich distillery was ensconced in a damp dark warehouse to mature. It did this extremely slowly, and saw ten successive warehouse managers come and go as they each watched over the cask patiently and noted its languorous development. Eventually in 2001, after a length of 64 years – the longest time a single malt had remained in a cask at the time – cask 843 was ready to be bottled. It relinquished 61 bottles, of which this example is number 42.

Also eagerly anticipated at the June 7th auction will be the Bowmore Trilogy of black, white and gold whiskies, distilled in 1964. These are some of the first bottles to be distilled using steam-powered stills rather than coal fire. The Black Bowmore, with exotic fruits, ginger and cinnamon aromas, matured in a sherry cask, is one of 827 bottles in 2007.The White, with melon, mango and papaya scents, matured in a bourbon cask, one of 732 in 2008. The Gold, with creamy vanilla and peat smoke flavours, matured in an oak cask, one of 701 bottles in 2009. This tasty trilogy is valued at £12,000-£15,000.

An impressive selection of further whiskies, as well as fine wines, will also feature in the auction.

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