Oldest Brora whisky sells for US$18.9k at auction

by Kristiane Sherry

The oldest Brora whisky ever officially bottled has fetched £14,500 (about US$18.9k) at a Bonhams Hong Kong auction.

Distilled in 1972, the whisky spend 44 years ageing in an ex-Sherry butt in Scotland. The only bottle drawn from the cask, the expression is one of the rarest from the closed distillery. According to Dr Nick Morgan, head of whisky outreach at Brora parent Diageo, the bottle is the “epitome” of “rare and collectible whiskies”. Richard Walker, global head of malts at Diageo, said: “The 1972 Brora is an exquisite single malt with unparalleled history and heritage. It represents the pinnacle of Diageo’s single malt Scotch whisky reserves and appeals to epicureans, collectors and investors alike. “Over the last few years we’ve seen a rapid growth of interest in rare and collectable whiskies. High-end whisky collection is undoubtedly a growing trend and as such we’ve seen an increase in the auction market for this kind of rare bottling. “With connoisseurs all over the world aspiring to have a 1972 Brora on their shelves, we decided to give whisky lovers a rare opportunity to bid for this one-off bottle. The fact that it has been sold for over the estimated price speaks volumes about its allure.” Martin Green, Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh, added: “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.”