Catawiki remembers Samaroli with whisky auction
13th March, 2017 by Annie Hayes
Online auction house Catawiki is to host a whisky sale in memory of independent Italian bottler Silvano Samaroli, who died in February this year at the age of 77.
Silvano Samaroli died in February at the age of 77
To honour Samaroli, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of cask strength bottling in the 1980s, Catawiki has organised a tribute auction, which is set to go live on 24 March and close on 30 March.
Created in 1968, his company Samaroli Srl Wine and Spirits Merchants was the first non-British Independent Scotch whisky bottler.
“Silvano Samaroli was and remains a truly inspiring whisky figure,” said Anne-Sophie Bigot, whisky auctioneer at Catawiki. “I’m sure many of us whisky lovers have a personal love story with one of its whiskies. I can for instance remember having a beautiful 1973 Cask Strength Longrow from Samaroli recently, and it simply blew my mind!
“Samaroli really was at the forefront of many trends, if you think about NAS whiskies for example, Samaroli created its No Age series back in 1992. We thought about many ways to honour Samaroli’s career and heritage and organising a specific themed auction only dedicated to his work naturally came to mind.
“Those amazing expressions really deserve an auction of their own and we’re more than proud to make this happen and offer whisky collectors a rare opportunity to buy (or sell) hard-to-find Samaroli expressions.”
Lots for the Samaroli auction can be submitted until 22 March.