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Rare bottle of Brora single malt breaks record at auction after selling for nearly £55k

One of the world's rarest and most collectable whiskies has sold for £54,450, the highest ever price paid for a Brora bottling.

Published: October 25, 2019
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In the year the closed distillery celebrates its 200th Anniversary, and one year before the famous closed distillery is reopened by owners Diageo, the special whisky was sold to an unknown bidder at Sotheby’s “The Ultimate Whisky Collection” Auction in London on 24rd October.

Brora was closed in 1983 but is set to reopen next year after a meticulous brick-by-brick restoration over three years. Whisky distilled before Brora's closure is often highly prized by global collectors and aficionados where bottles are reaching top prices at auctions around the world.

When released in 2014, the record-breaking Brora 40 Year old 1972 Vintage was one of just 160 bottles from the distillery, its rarest and oldest ever release, priced at £6,995. The whisky is presented in a crystal decanter and housed in a handcrafted wooden case created by the Queen's cabinet makers at N.E.J Stevenson Ltd.

Also included in the special auction was a full set of Brora Annual Releases which as a whole reached another significant £30,129.

Sotheby's Whisky Expert Jonny Fowle said: "This was one of the highlights sold in the Sotheby's auction - the largest single collector whisky auction ever. With the 200th anniversary of Brora celebrated this year, and the distillery's opening next year, I have seen significant interest in Brora from collectors around the world as we look ahead to an exciting time for the distillery."

James Mackay, head of rare & collectable spirits at Diageo, (the owner of Brora), said: "For many, Brora is considered a masterpiece of the whisky world due to the quality of its liquid and its extremely rare status. The distillery will enter a new era from next year when Brora's historic stills will once again create spirit."

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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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