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Auction house Sotheby’s offers a rare collection of Moutai and the oldest Karuizawa released to bid on June 2-18.
The first-ever Moutai lot, the most famous Chinese spirit, will go under the hammer at the auction house Sotheby’s. It is estimated at up to £450,000 for its Rare Whisky & Moutai, Extraordinary Spirits from Asia & Scotland,
24 bottles of Kweichow Moutai “Sunflower” 1974 in an original wooden shipping crate are top lots on June 2-18. This is not only the first Mutai lot to be auctioned at Sotheby’s UK, but the most valuable Mutai lot that Sotheby’s has offered to date (est. £ 200-450,000), the report says.
Japanese whiskies from Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hanyu and Saburomaru will be presented at the auction house. A collection of 32 bottles of Karuizawa, all from a single collection known as The Unbeatable Collection of Karuizawa, leads the selection from Asia.
The most notable bottle of the collection – the Karuizawa Cask # 5267 1960 – was considered the most valuable Japanese whiskey in the world when the bottle was sold at Sotheby’s in March 2020 for £ 363,000 ($ 435,273). A bottle from this cask has been auctioned for the first time since this record was set (est. at £ 240,000–450,000).
Two prominent bottles distilled at Bowmore Distillery on Islay head the Scotch Whisky on the sale. Both were distilled in the 1960s, a historic milestone of production at Bowmore, and one which is revered amongst whisky lovers and collectors.
Without doubt, Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet 1966 is a whisky cult classic. It was distilled in 1966 at Bowmore and bottled around 18 years later in 1984 by the late Silvano Samaroli. One of the greatest whiskies of all time is estimated at £35,000-48,000. Sotheby’s currently is the record holder for this bottle, setting a price of £72,600 in October 2019.
At the other end of the age range, there is the Bowmore 50 Year Old Number 1 Vaults 1966, a long-aged expression from the same vintage (est.£ 26,000-35,000). The limited production of only 74 bottles was released in 2017 and became one of the rarest manifestations of Bowmore ever produced.
Bidding on the 75-lot sale runs until 18 June.