72 Year Old Glen Grant Scotch Takes Center Stage at Bonhams Hong Kong First Whisky Sale of 2021

Bonhams first Whisky Sale of 2021 will highlight Scotch whisky in Hong Kong, and takes place on January 29th

A decanter of Glen Grant-1948 — a 72-year-old by Gordon & MacPhail is a headliner this year. This rare spirit was bottled in 2020 and is making its debut at the auction this year.  The bottle is numbered 88 out of the 290 bottles made — 88 is a symbolic number in Chinese culture which means wealthy. The 72-year-old has 52.6% alcohol by volume. The estimated retail price of this decanter sits at HK$300,000-380,000.

A decanter of Glen Grant-1948 — a 72-year-old by Gordon & MacPhail

A decanter of Glen Grant-1948 — a 72-year-old by Gordon & MacPhail (image via Bonhams)

Macallan will sell more than 30 lots which span the 1950s to the 1990s, including Macallan Lalique 50-year-old — estimated at HK$700,000-950,000 and the Macallan Lalique Motor Car-1937-37-year-old estimated at HK$450,000-550,000. 

“The accent in our first sale of the year is very much on traditional Scotch whisky, including the stunning Glen Grant-1948 -72-year-old making its auction debut, classic Macallan Lalique and some unusual bottles such as the two Springbank Door Gods,” Bonhams Director of Wine and Whisky, Asia, Daniel Lam said, in a prepared statement. “Among the selection of whisky from Japanese distilleries, the Hibiki ceramic-35 year old-Tokuda Yasokichi III is very special.”

Others to be featured include a bottle of Springbank Door Gods — Chin Chiong together with a bottle of Springbank Door Gods. Both were bottled for the Chinese market in 2013 and are offered as one lot at HK$50,000-70,000. 

A bottle of Coilltean-1975 from the Glen Garioch distillery, imported to Italy by S. Samaroli of Brescia, will be showcased at an estimated price of HK$8,000-48,000. 

Japanese whisky is also available for sale, including the Karuizawa-1972, a 29-year-old whisky bottled in 2020 by Karuizawa’s Ex-Whisky Master Mr. Osami Uchibori. It’s estimated at HK$120,000-160,000. A Hibiki ceramic 35-year-old Tokuda Yasokichi III — one of 150 bottled and made by world-famous potter Tokuda Yasokichi — will sell at an estimated price of HK$250,000-350,000.

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