The oldest and one of the rarest bottles of Brora has fetched a whopping HK$147,000. The auction took place in Hong Kong, last week. The selling price is equivalent to £14,500/US $19,000. The amount surpassed all expectations, getting almost double from its previous-sales estimates.
Created in the year 1972, the 44-year-old Brora was kept in an ex-Sherry butt to mature. It also happens to be the only bottle from that cask. The bottling was done as part of the Diageo’s ‘Casks of Distinction’ collection.
Whisky connoisseurs predicted that the Brora, which has 58.6% ABV, would go for HK$65,000-80,000, which is equal to US$8,300-10,300. However, the bidder wasn’t named at the Bonhams auction in Hong Kong.
Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh, Martin Green, commented, “This was a very special bottle of whisky.” He further stated that he wasn’t surprised to see the Brora fetch such an impressive price.
Moreover, several whiskey lots exceeded the earlier-sale estimates at the Bonhams auction. This included a bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1940 which went for HK$245,000. The previous estimate was HK$240,000. Also, a bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1937 fetched HK$269,500. Experts had estimated that it would sell for HK$240,000. A bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 1950 was withdraw from the auction that might have fetched up to HK$200,000.
Other bottles included Japanese Hanyu 2000 Pine with Crane, which went for HK$39,200. A rare bottle from the Prohibition-era, Schenley’s Aged Medicinal Whiskey, from the United States was sold for HK$36,750.