It’s the work of a lifetime, and Sotheby’s is auctioning it off. The ultimate whisky collection is up for grabs, and it’s not an exaggeration to use the world “ultimate.” The collection includes 178 bottles of some of the finest whiskies ever known.
“Collecting whisky over the past 20 years has been a real passion of mine, though it was not something I set out to do,” explains the collector. “I have always loved drinking whisky—as family and friends will attest, to this day I can be found most evenings with a cigar in one hand and a glass in the other—but I was a wine collector first.” Despite that first love for wine, the collector soon found himself admiring “unique bottles of Scotch, initially attracted by the beauty of the labels. So I started this collection and realized that if I really spent time on it and was selective in my choices, I might be able to put together something significant and unique.” Unique it is.
The collection includes bottlings form The Macallan Fine and Rare Series, including the 1926 The Macallan 60 year old with whisky from ask number 263. The new owner will also find the 50 Year Old Springbank 1919 (which was once the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky), the Glenfiddich 64 Year Old, and the 70 Year Old G&M Generations bottlings of Mortlach and Glenlivet. The collection also includes four bottles of 50 Years and older The Dalmore. Finally, the collection also features bottle number 1 from the Bowmore 54 Year Old “Crashing Waves.” Only 12 of these bottles were ever done.
“Having cherished these bottles, I think I am now ready to share them with collectors around the world,” says the collector. “I hope they find good homes in the hands of whisky lovers who will enjoy the experience as much as I did, both drinking of them and the sense of history that each of these bottles brings.” The collection is scheduled to go on sale October 24, 2019.