AN extraordinary bottle of Bowmore 1957 is the main lot at Bonhams next Whisky Sale in Edinburgh on 10 October. It is estimated at £100,000-150,000 making it the most expensive bottle of whisky ever offered at auction.
One of only 12 bottles, the 54 year-old Bowmore 1957 is the oldest malt the distillery has ever released and, the oldest whisky ever to come from the Isle of Islay. It is, of course, also the rarest and is expected to become a highly sought after collectors’ item. The whisky itself is said to carry initial flavours of blueberries, cassis, figs, sea salt and eucalyptus followed by dark chocolate and grapefruit leaving the drinker with an aftertaste of bergamot and star anise.
Bonhams whisky specialist, Martin Green, said: “This is an amazing whisky with a range of tastes and aromas I have never experienced before. Immense care has been taken throughout with its creation and it shows in every aspect of the finished product.”
The whisky is being sold to benefit five Scottish charities, Alzheimer Scotland; The Beatson (West of Scotland Cancer Centre); CHAS (children’s hospice services); Erskine (medical care for Armed Forces); and Marie Curie (cancer care and research).
A second bottle of the Bowmore 1957 will be sold at Bonhams Whisky auction in New Yorkon 28 October. The proceeds will once again be donated to the same five Scottish charities.
For more information on the sale, go to www.bonhams/books.