Bonhams offer a bit of what you fancy for Christmas with whisky sale in Edinburgh

4 Dec 2012

Bonhams Whisky Sale on December 4th in Edinburgh provides the ideal place to stock up for Christmas on something that will have your guests talking for years - no fewer than 263 lots of distinguished bottles and decanters of the good stuff are listed in this sale.

One of the top lots is a glass decanter from Bowmore, a single malt Premier-Over 42 years old 1965, lot 70. This limited edition item, one of just 57 bottled comes with a presentation case. It is estimated to make £6,000 to £7,000.

An older bottle of very special whisky, Lot 154, The Macallan-52 year old 1950, bottled in 2002, is estimated to sell for £4,000 to £5,000.

Bowmore also offer lot 55, a bottle commemorating The Queen's Visit-30 year old from 1980 at £1,000 to £1,500. This very elegant bottle in a presentation case and with a certificate recalls a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabveth II on 8th August 1980 to the Bowmore Distillery. Morrison Bowmore Distillers Chairman and co-founder, James Howat hosted the royal visit. He marked the occasion by buying for himself hogshead 5774 which was filled that day. On his death in 2008 ownership of the cask passed to The JTH Charitable Trust.

Another special item is a dark rich whisky, lot 192, a decanter of Aberlour-Glenlivet Centenary-Over 21 year old 1958, bottled to commemorate the centenary of the distillery (1879 – 1979) is estimated to sell for £400 to £600.

Martin Green, Bonhams Whisky Specialist, comments on what to look for if you are investing in whisky or starting a collection: "It depends to some extent on your motivation. If it's to drink, then buy what you like drinking and gradually refine your palette as you become more experienced. If it's to collect, the usual advice is to buy the best you can afford but, of course, some collectors will be buying to plug gaps in their collections.

If it's an investment, do your homework as you would with any purchase. Start with the main range, available in any good whisky specialist. Then progress on to a Distillery exclusive bottling - this is a great place to start as by their very nature they are limited. These are available at a range of price points to suit any budget.

And, of course, exercise the normal precautions. Forgeries, for example, are not common but if you are in any doubt consult the relevant distillery. They are usually happy to provide information to anyone who asks."


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