Top 10 historical spirits discoveries

16th September, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Harewood Rum Collection

Harewood-Rum-CollectionThought to be the oldest rum ever to sell at auction, this collection dating back to the 1780s was discovered in the cobwebbed cellar of Leeds stately home Harewood House in 2013. All expressions were distilled in Barbados, shipped in barrels to the UK, and bottled at Harewood House. Auctioned at Christie’s, the rum was offered in original mould-blown bottles and replacement tapered corks and re-waxed capsules.

The first 12 bottles in the range sold for over six times its initial estimate, fetching £78,255. The final 16 uncovered bottles were bought for more than 135,000 bringing the combined total of Harewood rum sales to £213,972. Chris Munro, head of Christie’s wine department, said that bottles of the Harewood dark rum achieved “world record prices”, selling for £11,162 each.

“Christie’s is delighted to be offering this rare and unique 1780 rum from Harewood House – the oldest we have ever seen and at 230 years of age, just 14 years younger than Christie’s wine auctions which commenced in 1766,” David Elswood, international director of Christie’s wine in Europe and Asia, said at the time.

One Response to “Top 10 historical spirits discoveries”

  1. Dave Gunns says:

    Shackleton’s whisky????

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