Bonhams Edinburgh sale will feature one of world's scarcest whiskies

Roland Courtney

Roland Courtney

2015-11-23 10:23:38

The Bonhams Christmas whisky sale in Edinburgh next month will offer one lucky bidder the chance to celebrate the holidays in style – with a bottle of one of the world's scarcest whiskies.

Amongst the auction's star lots will be a bottle of The Royal Brackla 60 year-old 1924, which was never released for sale to the public.

Having originally been established in 1812 by Captain William Fraser, the Brakla distillery was given the royal seal of approval by King William IV in 1833, making it the first whisky distillery to be granted a Royal Warrant.

It continued to run successfully for more than 150 years, before industry overproduction saw several distilleries including Brakla close down in 1985. However, in 1991 the company's owner decided to reopen it, and celebrated the moment by producing 62 very special bottles for loyal staff and dignitaries attending the ceremony.

The whisky came from casks which had remained undisturbed since 1924, before being discovered in 1984, then subsequently bottled at James Buchanan & Co. and released from bond. Now one of these special bottles is set to sell at Bonhams with an estimate of £3,500-£4,500.

"This is a particularly strong sale and I'd happily settle in front of the Christmas fire with a glass from any of the bottles we have on offer," said Bonhams Whisky Specialist Martin Green. "If I had to pick a favourite, however, I'd go for the Royal Brackla 60 year-old for its incredible rarity. I've never been lucky enough to try it so this would be the perfect opportunity."

Further main highklights from the sale include a single lot featuring the Bowmore Trilogy. The highly sought-after three bottle set - Black Bowmore-42 year old-1964, released in 2007; White Bowmore-43 year old-1964 released in 2008 and Gold Bowmore-44 year old-1964 released in 2009 – is expected to sell for £12,000-£14,000.

The Bonhams annual Christmas Whisky sale takes place in Edinburgh on December 9.

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