Record-breaking bottle of Laphroaig fetches over £60,000 at auction

A bottle of Laphroaig Scotch whisky has been bought for a record-breaking £61,000 at an online whisky auction. 

Published 8th Aug 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Samaroli classic whisky – a Laphroaig 1967 15 year old Sherry Wood – was purchased in an online auction held by Whisky Auctioneer.

This rare bottling of Laphroaig 1967 attracted a huge amount of interest with over 65 bids being placed from across the globe with the eventual winner coming from Germany.

A spokesperson for the auction said: "The £61,000 hammer price it achieved is up from the last auction sale of a Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli in 2014 for £5,700 (according to rare whisky analysts Rare Whisky 101)– representing an over 240 per cent annual increase in value.

"This follows on the heels of the record-setting Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet that was snapped up for a £51,611 hammer price in Whisky Auctioneer’s auction last month."

One of only 720 bottles produced, the Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli 15 Year Old is also signed by Silvano Samaroli himself making this bottling even rarer with the auction team describing it as "a truly one-of-a-kind whisky collectible".

The Laphroaig 1967 is highly regarded by the secondary market and finds itself a hair’s width away from being top of's top 1000 whiskies of all time, currently stood just below Samaroli’s other masterpiece the Bowmore 1966 Bouquet.

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Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “The Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli was sure to draw a huge amount of attention and interest. Chances are few and far between to not only get a hold of this whisky widely regarded as incomparable in taste, but with the added uniqueness of the bottle being signed by the legendary Silvano Samaroli himself.”

“Following on the back of the record-breaking Samaroli from our auction last month – the Bowmore 1966 Bouquet - we are seeing an increase in demand in the market for rare and sought-after whiskies, particularly these admired bottlings from Samaroli.”

The auction is the latest in a growing line of rare treasures to be sold by Perthshire firm Whisky Auctioneer which specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectable whisky.

The firm also recently sold the aforementioned Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sold for £51,611 and the world’s largest known collection of rare and collectable
Karuizawa whisky from Japan for £770,000.

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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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