From Islay, Speyside and the Highlands, Bonhams' whiskies are to savour

Exciting news for any collectors fond of a dram or two: tomorrow, June 22, will see another of Bonhams' excellent whisky sales with nearly 300 bottles of fine single malts going under the hammer.

Bonhams is distinguished as being the one of the large auctioneers which has taken the time to really focus in on the pleasures of collectible whisky, which is why it's had the privilege of selling the Folsom collection, not to mention intriguing lots such as 'the whisky they tried to bomb'.

Three of the highlights in the auction tomorrow are as follows:

Firstly, for fans of Islay malts, there is 'First Edition' Black Bowmore-1964 on offer - actually three bottles of it. Lot 119 is typical with stopper cork and wax capsule completely intact, and appearing in its wooden presentation case with a high shoulder level.

Carrying a £2,000-2,500 ($4,000) listing, it could make a nice, entry-level alternative investment - especially given the ever-growing interest in whisky from India.

Dewars whisky bottle
Enticing... the Dewars whisky bottle

Alternatively, hailing from Speyside is an early 20th century bottle of Glenfiddich. Some of the details are missing, but the neck-level whisky is protected under an embossed lead capsule and stopper cork, and it carries a listing of £1,500 - 2,000.

The expected top lot however is a bottle of Dewar's Pure Old Highland Malt Scotch. Again preserved under a lead capsule and stopper cork, the whisky is presented by a remarkably clean, fresh label.

John Dewar's family only ran the distillery from 1923-5, which limits the possibilities for date of production. The bottle is expected to sell for £2,000-3,000 ($4, 900).


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