£20k for one of the world's most valuable whiskies

Whisky collectors will have an unmissable opportunity to purchase an exceptional one-of-a kind Dalmore Oculus, among other distinguished whiskies, at Bonhams Edinburgh's forthcoming November 18th Whisky Sale.

This rare and unique Dalmore Oculus is one of the most precious whiskies to ever appear at auction.

It is both the first and last of its kind, assembled from some of the most exceptional whiskies of the past 140 years and estimated to sell for a staggering £15,000-20,000.

The Dalmore Oculus (£20K)
The Dalmore Oculus (£20K)

Due to its rarity and depth of stocks, The Dalmore has long been recognised as a brilliant single malt. Jim Murray, whisky guru once desribed it as, "one of the world's greatest and undervalued distilleries."

This particular unique expression of the Dalmore Oculus was reportedly created by master-distiller Richard Paterson, drawing on his four decades of experience.

According to Bonhams, Paterson's assemblage begins with a rich, spicy and orange zest core from cask 1781 (distilled in 1951); with trace elements of the tastes and smells of dried fruits, ripe bananas, treacle toffee and almonds from an original 50 year-old, added to develop complexity.

Alongside these elements, rare malts selected from vintages distilled in 1868, 1878, 1922, 1926 and 1939 add a depth of flavour have been added.

Finally, to intensify the whisky, an incredibly intense oak, spice and bitter dark chocolate distillate from cask 1782 has been added to the mix alongside the whisky's 'capstone': a judicious amount of the revered 64 year-old, with its hints of coffee, aromatic spices and citrus zest.
The whisky will be presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter. The crafted bespoke decanter is decorated with Dalmore's intricate solid silver iconic stag.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and The Dalmore Oculus is without doubt a truly exceptional expression. This is the most exquisite expression I have personally crafted with all the loving reference it so richly deserves to seduce the most discerning and sophisticated palates imaginable," said Mr Paterson in a statement.

"I am confident it will appeal to epicureans, investors and collectors."

Alongside the Dalmore Oculus, Bonhams will also be selling the first section of the largest single-owner collection of whisky ever to appear at auction, consigned by Willard S Folsom.

The 3,000-strong collection of Old and Rare Single Malt Whiskies has been amassed over 18 years and features wide ranges of Ardbeg, Bowmore, Dalmore, Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, Springbank, Kinclaith, Killyloch, Ben Wyvis, Glen Grant, Glenmorangie, The Glenlivet, Strathmill, Mortlach and The Macallan.

"The Folsom Collection being sold in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and finally in New York in December makes this a very interesting and progressive year for Bonhams Whisky Sales," said Martin Green, Bonhams Whisky Specialist.

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