Black Bowmore whisky collection could fetch £400k at Sotheby's auction

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Sotheby's, one of the biggest auction houses in the world, is scheduled to offer an extremely valuable collection of whisky bottles in Hong Kong in the Spring of 2021. The complete Black Bowmore single malt whisky collection, coming in directly from Bowmore distillery, is going to made available courtesy of Bowmore themselves and, according to Sotheby's, it could sell for as much as HK$4,000,000, equivalent to around £400,000 or $500,000.

According to Jonny Fowle, Sotheby's Spirits Specialist, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire the entire collection and Mr Fowle also said that the "value has increased exponentially over the years, which can be attributed to its undeniable quality and, now that so many bottles have been consumed, its newfound rarity". The collection consists of five bottles, produced between 1993 and 2016, presented in a bespoke cabinet crafted by award-winning designer John Galvin specifically for this purpose.

The ‘Archive Cabinet’, this is the official name of the lot, will be the star of the show for the 'Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits' segment of the auction, and the winning bidder will be invited to the Bowmore distillery in the Isle of Iskay, UK for a tasting of some of rarest single malts in the world. Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to an Islay charity (more info coming soon, according to Sotheby's).

Black Bowmore was first produced in 1964, aged in oak casks and matured with sweet Oloroso cherry before being moved to Scotland's oldest maturation warehouse. The first batch of Black Bowmore was made available in 1993, a 29-year-old whisky at that point, with 30-year-old and 31-year-old releases in 1994 and 1995. Originally priced at £100, it quickly gained popularity and traction and, alas, prices went up, too.

Exactly 2,000 bottles were produced for the first edition in 1993 and the second edition in 1994, whereas the third edition consisted of 1,812 bottles. The fourth edition, released in 2007 (42 years), consisted of only 827 bottles and even fewer bottles were made available for the 50-year-old release in 2016: only 159.

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