Bonhams Launches First Whisky and Spirits Sale in Paris
Exceptional and Rare Bottles on Offer
Laphroaig-15 year old-1967

Paris – Bonhams is holding its first whisky sale in Paris. The 189-lot sale of Exceptional Whisky and Spirits will take place on Tuesday May 10, at Bonhams, 4 rue de la Paix, Paris.

Diego Lanza, Senior Whisky Specialist at Bonhams, said: "For our first whisky sale in Paris we have selected rare bottles, notably from Italian collections, that will delight international whisky enthusiasts. Samaroli, one of the last Italian whisky trading companies, is represented here with rare bottles including the now coveted 15-year-old Laphroaig, 1967 (Estimate: €28,000 - €38,000). Not only does it score 98 points on Whiskyfun.com, but it's also ranked as the best whisky on Whiskybase.com. A truly legendary whisky, which we are very proud to offer at our first spirits auction in our Paris saleroom."

This international whisky giant, selected and imported by Silvano Samaroli, is appreciated by whisky lovers around the world. It is generally regarded as one of the best sherry bottlings from the Islay distillery.

Other key lots from the May 10 sale include:

Springbank-12 year old. Interest in Springbank among collectors has really increased in recent years. This 12-year-old bottle is considered by connoisseurs to be the best ever produced and a single malt icon. Selected by the legendary Italian bottler Silvano Samaroli, it is part of a small batch produced and imported exclusively for the Italian market. The level of this bottle of Springbank is perfect. (Estimate: €15,000-€20,000).

Highland Park-19 year old. The 19-year-old Highland Park was only distributed on the Italian market and produced in small quantities. This bottle is from a limited edition of 60 and is accompanied by a numbered Edinburgh crystal decanter. It is one of the rare examples on the market. (Estimate: €1,600 - €2,000).

Macallan-10 year old. It's no secret that the Macallan is probably the most collected brand of whisky. Macallan 10-year old bottles bottled by Gordon & MacPhail are particularly rare and sought after by whisky lovers, especially when bottled at high strength like this one at 100° Proof (57% volume). (Estimate: €1,100 to €1,400).

Hardy 1914. This very rare Cognac Hardy 1914 Grande Champagne comes directly from the personal collection of Jacques Hardy. This cognac aged for several decades before being found in a demijohn by Jacques Hardy. Purchased for his personal collection of exceptional eaux-de-vie, he then sold it to a handful of private clients over the years. (Estimate: €5,500 - €6,500).

Longmorn-1974. Distilled in the 1960s, Old Longmorn is still highly sought after for its sherry undertones. This bottle celebrating the 20th anniversary of Samaroli is particularly remarkable, with notes of coffee, soy and grapefruit on both the palate and the nose. It's as easy to collect as it is to drink. (Estimate: €2,200 - €3,000).

3 May 2022

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