McTears' sale of rare and collectible whisky has concluded in Edinburgh, with a strong showing for the very finest lots on offer.
Three of the most coveted lots heralded from the great distilleries of Springbank, Bowmore and Dalmore:
Firstly, a selection of differently aged Springbanks in the form of the Millenium Collection, that is six 70cl bottles (and six miniatures) of the spirit with five years separating one bottle from the next, starting with a 25 year old and finishing with a 50 year old.
This Collection, number 290 of 580 editions, sold within its estimate range at £3,600 (plus buyer's premium).
Secondly, a 40 year old Bowmore which was placed in a cask in November 1955 also sold on target. The single malt , number 148 of just 294 which were ever released to the public, brought £4,000 (plus buyer's premium).
But it was, as expected, the Dalmore 50 year old which took the top spot. Number 59 of the series, it comes in its original box with scroll and key.
The Whisky Bible describes the 50-year-old as initially dominated by oak which then subsides to present a 'beautiful malt-cherry interplay' leading on to a 'faultless finish'. Overall it is a 'genuinely classy and memorable dram'.
Collectors and investors at the auction agreed, and the bottle beat its £3,200-4,000 listing bringing £4,500.
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