Whisky Focus - Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Sells For Record Price

Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet Sells For Record Price

5th July 2018
Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sells at auction for a record breaking £51,611

Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sells at auction for a record breaking £51,611

You may recall a few weeks ago when I mentioned that a rare bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet was set to go under the hammer in an online auction hosted by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer and was expected to fetch between £25,000 and £30,000.

After receiving over 50 bids from across the globe, the winning bid of £51,611 surpassed all expectations. The bid came from Hong Kong based buyer and sets a new world record for this legendary bottle. It exceeds the previous mark of £4,200, which it achieved in 2014, according to research from rare whisky analysts Rare Whisky 101, marking over a 280% annual increase.

Regarded by many as one of the best, if not the best, whiskies ever bottled, the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet is the creation of two whisky legends - Islayís Bowmore distillery and celebrated Italian bottler, the late Silvano Samaroli. First bottled in 1984 with only 720 bottles produced, the whisky is currently ranked in the top spot on Whiskybase.comís top 1000 whiskies of all time, just ahead of Samaroliís renowned Laphroaig 1967.

The bottle was one of over 3,880 bottles being auctioned off by Whisky Auctioneer this past month, securing a total of more than £1.2million. Other notable sales included a Bowmore 1964 Black Bowmore 42 Year Old which sold for £22,222 and a Macallan 1946 52 Year Old which attracted a bid of £14,500.

The Macallan and the Black Bowmore joined the Bouquet in breaking records. According to Rare Whisky 101, the Black Bowmore most recently sold for £20,000, and the Macallan 1946 for £13,200 in June 2018.

Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: "Itís widely known that the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet has legendary status within the whisky industry. We knew that there would be strong interest in its listing and that it would likely break the previous records, but it has exceeded all our expectations by fetching over £50,000. It goes to show how committed people are to collecting and investing in rare vintage whisky, something we are seeing a huge increase in.

"At Whisky Auctioneer, we strive to attract some of the very best collections that can be sold worldwide. At least three world records were broken in this recent auction and that helps to reinforce our reputation as an esteemed whisky auctioneer for both buyers and sellers globally. As interest in the sector continues to grow, we are committed to our service to make it as easy as possible for whisky collectors to trade."

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