In these current times of a growing luxury-spending boom, a 62 year old Dalmore malt whisky was auctioned at Christie’s for a record-breaking £114,000 (including buyer’s premium) on December 7 2017. The whiskey known as The Kildermorie, was one of the only 12 whisky bottles created by renowned whisky master, Richard Patterson. The famed blender utilised casks of single malt that were laid down in 1868, 1878, 1926, and 1939 by successive distillers. The master distiller with 50 years in the world of whisky, crafted bottles of this rare, amber elixir.
The Kildermorie is named after a loch (lake) nearby, that is the source of water for the distillery. These 12 whisky bottles aged in 30 year old Oloroso barrels were initially released by the Highland distillery in 2002, and each christened after a key characteristic of Dalmore.
This whisky sold at a doubled pre-sale estimate of £40,000 - £60,000, making it the most expensive single malt whisky bottle sold to date by Christie’s auction house. Christopher Munro, head of Christie’s London wine department, described the amount paid as “astonishing”, and affirmed it was the highest price yet paid for a single bottle of whisky at Christie’s.
Another known as 12 Pointer Dalmore whisky from the 12 exclusive bottles was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London in September 2017 for £91,650. Though the auction at Christie’s beat the one at Sotheby’s, in sum, both lost out to another of the 12 whisky bottles sold at Singapore’s Changi Airport in 2011 for a whopping £125,000.