Rare Samaroli whiskies head to auctionBy Melita Kiely
A collection of 60 rare Scotch whiskies from independent bottlers Silvano Samaroli and Corti Brothers will go under the hammer via Whisky Auctioneer this month.
Taking place from 17 to 21 June, the online auction will feature whiskies from collector Emmanuel Dron’s personal stash.
Samaroli was an Italian importer and bottler, whose whiskies are highly coveted today.
Among the Samaroli whiskies put forward for auction, some of which have been signed by Samaroli himself, will be: a 1967 Strathisla, 1967 and 1970 Laphroaig bottlings, a 1951 Glen Cawdor (Springbank), and the 1966 Bowmore Bouquet.
The Corti Brothers of Sacramento imported Scotch to the US for bottling during the 1980s.
The Corti Brothers bottlings that will be up for auction include: a ‘very rare’ 1965 Clynelish and bottlings from Balmenach and Imperial, distilled in the 1960s.
Joe Wilson, head of auction content at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This collection is a magnificent example of some of the finest and most collectible independent bottlings in existence.
“What’s special about Emmanuel Dron’s collection is that these bottles have unparalleled provenance. Whiskies with such an impeccable source are hard to come by.
“This auction will present an opportunity for collectors worldwide to own a piece of whisky history – from unique spirit distilled in the 1960s to some of the finest bottles ever produced from distilleries including The Macallan, Bowmore, and Laphroaig.”