Christie’s To Sell A 50 Year Old Springbank From 1919 At Auction In December

, , | November 22, 2021

Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits upcoming auction on December 2 and 3 will present what’s described as an extraordinary selection of leading spirits, highlighted by a Springbank 1919, Macallan rarities and the finest releases from The Dalmore, Brora, Royal Salute and Ardross.

The leading lot of the sale is a bottle of Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old (estimate: £200,000 – 280,000), one of only 24 bottles of this legendary, historic bottling of Springbank. The bottle is from the collection of Le Clos (Dubai International Airport) who own one of the world’s greatest collections of whisky.

Another highlight is the Samaroli bottlings, a collection of The Macallan covering the years 1954 – 1986.

Spirngbank 1919

Spirngbank 1919 (image via Christie’s)

“We are delighted to offer this superlative selection of whiskies in our upcoming sale of Finest and Rarest Wines & Spirits,” Noah May, Christie’s Head of Department, Wine & Spirits, in a prepared statement. “The scope is varied and marked by the singular characteristics and quality of the bottles and casks on offer. We are honoured to collaborate with Le Clos (Dubai International Airport) to offer a bottle of Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old, one of the rarest whiskies ever to be bottled, into a buoyant market, where sophisticated collectors can be observed competing for the rarest items. It is a pleasure too, to work with the team at Ardross to present three extremely rare casks of whisky.”

The sale also includes rare bottings of Japanese whisky, including famous Hibiki 30-year-old and Karuizawa whisky. Only Golden Promise barley and sherry casks were used to make Karuizawa whisky, with wooden wash backs and water from the active volcano. The Karuizawa distillery closed in 2001, making it a ghost distillery, where bottles continue to be released from previously filled barrels even after production has closed. 

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A bottle of Royal Salute 50 year old Coronation Cask, estimated at £18,000 – 28,000, will be at the auction as well. 

The sale will also present a selection of whiskies on behalf of The Whisky Magazine. Proceeds raised from this offering of mixed lots will be donated to The Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Co’Lu’Bi Wildlife Sanctuary, The Drinks Trust and Project Rhino.

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.