Whisky Focus - Rare Single Bottle Of Brora 1972 Up For Auction

Rare Single Bottle Of Brora 1972 Up For Auction

11th May 2017
Rare bottle of 44 year old Brora 1972 up for auction.

Donna Methven, Production Team Leader at Diageo’s Global Supply Centre in Leven, holding the bottle of Brora 1972 after labelling.

The word rare tends to be over used these days when it comes to whisky but in this case I think you will agree it is very appropriate for this bottle of Brora 1972 which is about to come up for auction. What makes this bottling so exceptionally rare is that not only is it the oldest official original distillery bottling of Brora ever to come up for sale, it is also the only bottle to have been drawn from the cask #4817 it matured in, offering its purchaser a very unique Brora single malt whisky from a single cask and a taste of true rarity.

Adding to the whisky's rarity is the strength it was bottled at, notably this Brora 1972 44 year old has been bottled at a incredibly high strength considering its age, after maturing for 44 year in an ex-sherry butt it was bottled at 58.9% ABV, this high strength after all those years is due to the cask originally being filled at a very high strength.

Brora 1972

It is described as "a massive, brooding and drying old Brora that it is seemingly made of smoke, oak, pepper, dark fruit all encrusted in sea-salt then wrapped in seaweed and oilskins".

It is both the first and last of its kind, and represents the pinnacle of Diageo’s single malt Scotch whisky reserves. Dr Nick Morgan, Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo, said: "We’ve seen a rapid growth of interest in rare and collectable whiskies, and this bottle of 1972 Brora is the epitome of that. The auction is not just a once in a generation opportunity, it is also a chance for some to own an exquisite single malt with unparalleled history and heritage."

Originally known as the Clynelish Distillery, production began in Brora Distillery on the north-east coast of Scotland in 1819 with the backing of the Marquess of Stafford. In the late 1960s it was decided to expand production by building a new distillery, with the old distillery eventually being used to supply a need for heavily peated whisky for blending.

Between 1972-74 production of ‘Brora’ was in batches, becoming regular in 1975 when the distillery itself was officially renamed Brora. It was however only produced until 1983, when the distillery was mothballed never to reopen.

The Brora 1972 auction will take place next week on Friday 19 May 2017 in Bonhams Hong Kong saleroom as part of Bonham’s ‘Fine & Rare Wine, Cognac and Whisky’ auction which starts at 9.00 GMT (16.00 HKT). The Brora 1972 bottle is featured in Lot 328a at 14.00 GMT (19.00 HKT). To find out more please visit: www.bonhams.com/auctions/.

I wouldn't like to hazard a guess to what this one will sell for at auction but I know it will be out of my price range, it will be interesting to see what it does fetch at auction as Brora is considered one of the most desirable and collectable whiskies and this has to be the rarest Brora we will ever see coming up for sale, it just may break records at auction.

Of course if the Brora 1972 is out of your price range don't worry there are still a few Special Release bottlings of Brora available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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