Black Bowmore 1964 sells for £11,900 at auction

18th January, 2018 by Melita Kiely

A second edition bottle of Black Bowmore 1964 single malt Scotch whisky has sold for a record £11,900 (US$16,452) at auction.


A second edition of Black Bowmore 1964 single malt has set a new auction record

Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer sold the rare bottle to a US-based investor, breaking the previous record of £9,500 (US$13,134) set in 2017.

The bottle is one of only 2,000 and originally retailed for £80 (US$110) when it was released in the mid-1990s. The expression is the second of three oloroso Sherry cask-aged 1964 Bowmore bottles released around the same time.

The Black Bowmore 1964 was one of more than 4,500 whiskies that went under the hammer at Whisky Auctioneer, generating more than £1.2m (US$1.66m). Sales included a Clynelish 1973 single cask 41-year-old whisky, which sold for £6,100; a Port Ellen 1981 Fèis Ìle 2008, which sold for £4,600; a Macallan Private Eye, which sold for £3,700; and a Laphroaig 1980 27-year-old, which sold for £3,000.

Sean McGlone, director of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “It just goes to show how iconic this expression has become among whisky collectors and aficionados the world over.

“As more consumers discover the joys of rare and vintage whisky, it’s difficult to see how demand won’t continue to increase pushing up prices for those brands and bottles which are most coveted.”

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