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Two upcoming spirits auctions featuring rare whiskies

October 28th, 2009

The first one is by Christie’s, in New York City, on November 14th. It includes the most recent Bowmore Trilogy (Black, White, and Gold), along with many rare whiskies from Park Avenue Liquor. The press release:

A LANDMARK EVENT FOR COLLECTORS OF FINE SPIRITS:
THE 1964 BOWMORE® TRILOGY TO BE OFFERED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE UNITED STATES

CHRISTIE’S NOVEMBER 14 AUCTION OF FINE WINES AND SPIRITS IN NEW YORK TO FEATURE A CAREFULLY-CURATED SELECTION OF WHISKY, COGNAC, BOURBON, ARMAGNAC, RUM AND MORE

goldbowmoreNew York – With the winter season fast approaching, Christie’s is delighted to announce its November 14 sale of Fine Wines and Spirits, with a special selection of spirits that are sure to ward off the chill of cold days to come.  Over 40 lots of carefully-curated whisky, bourbon, cognac, armagnac, and rum will be offered from prominent sources, including the Park Avenue Liquor Shop, one of the most respected spirits retailers in the country. 

In addition, Christie’s is honored to have been selected as the first U.S. sales site to offer the exceedingly rare 1964 Bowmore® Trilogy (pictured above) direct from the Bowmore distillery in Scotland.  An exceptional selection of fine and rare wines rounds out the sale, with recent and mature vintages of Bordeaux and Burgundy in great supply, along with collector favorites from California, Italy, the Rhône Valley, and Champagne (separate press release available).  The total sale of wine and spirits includes over 800 lots and is expected to realize in excess of $2.1 million.

View our latest wine sale catalogues online here:
http://www.christies.com/departments/wine/wine-ecatalogues.aspx

 

The second one is by Bonhams in Edinburgh on November 18th. This one features a rare Dalmore Oculus (pictured), along with the 3,000 plus bottle collection by deceased whisky enthusiast Willard S. Folsom. Details from their press release:

BONHAMS SELLS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE WHISKIES, THE DALMORE OCULUS, IN 18TH NOVEMBER WHISKY SALE
 
Bespoke bottling created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of whisky auction sales
 

The Dalmore Oculus low resAs part of Bonhams Edinburgh’s highly-anticipated November 18th Whisky Sale, whisky enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to purchase an exceptional one-of-a kind The Dalmore Oculus, amongst other distinguished whiskies.
 
This rare and unique Dalmore Oculus is one of the most precious whiskies to ever appear at auction. It is both the first and last of its kind, assembled from some of the most exceptional whiskies of the past 140 years and is thus estimated to sell for a staggering £15,000-20,000.
 
Due to its rarity and depth of stocks The Dalmore has long been recognised as a brilliant single malt. Jim Murray, whisky guru comments it is “one of the world’s greatest and undervalued distilleries”.
 
This particular unique expression of the Dalmore Oculus was created by master-distiller Richard Paterson, drawing on some four decades of experience. With his intimate knowledge of the stocks, Richard Paterson fused an incomparable and brilliant assemblage, beginning with a rich spicy and orange zest core from cask 1781 (distilled in 1951), trace elements of the taste and smell of dried fruits, ripe bananas, treacle toffee and almonds from an original fifty year old are added to develop complexity. Alongside these elements, rare malts selected from vintages distilled in 1868, 1878, 1922, 1926 and 1939 add a depth of flavour. Finally, to intensify the whisky, an incredibly intense oak, spice and bitter dark chocolate long matured distillate from cask 1782 is added to the mix alongside the whisky’s ‘capstone’: a judicious amount of the revered 64 year old, proffering notes of coffee, aromatic spices and citrus zest.
 
Such alchemistic artistry creates a peerless whisky fusion, which is beautifully presented in a precious Baccarat crystal decanter. This exceptionally crafted bespoke decanter is decorated with an intricate solid silver iconic stag standing alongside the name of this extraordinary whisky.
 
Richard Paterson, master distiller at The Dalmore said: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and The Dalmore Oculus is without doubt a truly exceptional expression. This is the most exquisite expression I have personally crafted with all the loving reference it so richly deserves to seduce the most discerning and sophisticated plates imaginable. I am confident it will appeal to epicureans, investors and collectors”.
 
Alongside the Dalmore Oculus, Bonhams will also be selling the first section of the largest single-owner collection of whisky ever to appear at auction. The 3,000-strong Willard S Folsom Collection of Old and Rare Single Malt Whiskies has been amassed over an 18-year period and features wide ranges of Ardbeg, Bowmore, Dalmore, Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, Springbank, Kinclaith, Killyloch, Ben Wyvis, Glen Grant, Glenmorangie, The Glenlivet, Strathmill, Mortlach and The Macallan.
 
Martin Green, Bonhams Whisky Specialist comments: “The 18th November Whisky sale is the most interesting to take place over a 20 year period and marks the 20th Anniversary of Whisky Auctions. The inclusion of the Dalmore Oculus is an exciting addition to this high quality sale. The Folsom Collection being sold in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and finally in New York in December makes this a very interesting and progressive year for Bonhams Whisky Sales”.
 
For Bonhams enquiries please call 0870 0273622

There are some pretty special whiskies in both collections.

8 Responses to “Two upcoming spirits auctions featuring rare whiskies”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    Whisky from 1782!? I’d like to see some notes on this one. You getting a sample?

  2. Gary says:

    That would be a very interesting tasting. Unfortunately, I have two chances of that happening….SLIM and NONE.

    And slim just left town (with the Dalmore). ;)

  3. Bill H. says:

    If I’m not mistaken, that 12 yo OMC rum-finished Ardbeg for Park Ave. is the one Murray raved about a few years ago. Not sure why Park Ave. couldn’t move it sooner by listing it on their website.

    For the rest, could it be an attempt to move costly stuff that isn’t moving in this economy? They list The Double Barrel on their site at $20k, but the bidding for it starts at $15k. If I already knew I could get it at their shop at the upper limit of the price estimate I’d be showing at the auction in the hope of a discount.

  4. Red, the cask number is 1782, not the vintage. But still quite an exclusive dram.

  5. Red_Arremer says:

    Ha! So it is– Ought to take a hint from that pic on your post and get myself some glasses!

  6. AK says:

    Wait. A really expensive whisky to celebrate the 20th anniversary of selling really expensive whiskies…?

  7. RH says:

    I have an unopened bottle of Chivas Regal dating between 1890-1910. I’m interested in selling it. How can I add it to the auction?

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