Bottle of Bowmore sells for 'auction record price' at Glasgow auction

It's one of the world's most sought after drams, and now a bottle of Bowmore whisky has smashed its own records at an auction in Glasgow.

Published 14th Aug 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The bottle of Black Bowmore sold for £11,450, setting what is believed to be a record auction price for this particular whisky.

Black Bowmore

The Bottle of Black Bowmore. Picture: McTear's

A 1964 1st edition, the bottle has legendary status in the whisky world but even the specialists at auctioneers McTear’s, were astounded at the price splashed out for the bottle at the sale on Friday (11th August).

The auction house's whisky expert, Laurie Black, said: “The Black Bowmore has been rising in price at almost every auction, but this latest result is quite an achievement."

“It is hard to believe that in the 1990s you could buy a bottle of Black Bowmore for £70. With this latest sale we are now seeing bottles change hands for over 150 times that amount.”

Considered to be very rare, this particular bottle attracted significant interest due to "the excellent condition of the bottle and packaging", said the McTear's team.

The Islay single malt was matured in sherry casks for 29 years and bottled in 1993.

Labelled number 1111 of 2000, it had an estimate of £4,000 to £5,000.

Although the Black Bowmore was undoubtedly one of the highlights of McTear’s Rare and Collectable Whisky Auction, it was not the most expensive lot on show at the Glasgow sale.

Dalmore Bowmore

Dalmore 1926 50 years old. Picture: McTear's

That honour was reserved for a Dalmore 1926 50 years old. Presented in a black ceramic bottle, the single malt sold for an impressive £14,600.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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