Rare White Bowmore-43 Year Old-1964 Top Seller at Bonhams Edinburgh Whisky Sale

A rare bottle of White Bowmore-43 year old-1964 was the top seller at Bonhams live behind-closed-doors whisky sale at 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday on 10 June. It sold for £12,200 against an estimate of £10,000-13,000.

The bottle came in a presentation case and was numbered 216 of a limited edition of 732. The whisky was distilled in three bourbon casks which has given it an unusually light colour and accounts for the distinctive name, Bowmore White. It is said to have the scent of tropical fruits, and a palette of pine, vanilla and honey.

Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green said: "We're very pleased at the results which were strong across the board. It was encouraging to see such spirited bidding in the new 'live behind closed doors' format we have introduced to meet the challenges posed by the current situation. Clearly, the appetite for collecting whisky is undimmed."
Other highlights include:

• A bottle of The Macallan-1938. Sold for £9,760. (Estimate: £9,000-11,000)
• A bottle of Black Bowmore-1964. The First Edition, bottled in 1993. Sold for £6,100. (Estimate: £5,000-9,000).
• A bottle of The Prestonfield Bowmore-22 year old-1965. Sold for £5,490. (Estimate: £4,000-5,500).

The next Whisky sale will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 7 October.

The sale was a live 'behind-closed-doors' auction. The auctioneer was present on the rostrum, and bids were accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid


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