Glamis Scotch travelled to New York and back brings $10,500 in Edinburgh

Whiskies aged 50 years or more prior to bottling are often those which bring the highest prices at auction; but a relative youngster starred in Bonhams' November 17 Whisky sale in Edinburgh.

The 10-year-old Glamis 20th century was predicted to steal the show prior to the auction, and in the end sold for £6,600 (nearly $10,532) inclusive of Buyer's Premium.

Originally imported by Greig, Lawrence & Hoyt Limited, New York, the whisky's bottle betrays its Scottish origins with the embossed crest of the Glenfynde Distillery Company.

In testament to the unblended Pot Still Malt's renowned quality, its previous owners haven't resisted taking a quick nip. The bottle sold at Bonhams was 4/5 full, its level on the bottle's shoulder.

The 10-year-old Glamis 20th century

Measured at 86 degrees US proof, the bottle's well-preserved label is marked to note that "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-use of This Bottle on shoulder."

So coveted is this Glamis dram that a bottle merely "believed" to contain the same whisky sold for £1,200, in the same auction.

Other highlights in the sale included bottle number 515, filled to the neck, of The Macallan 1938. With some wear and tear to its label, it brought £2,040.

Elsewhere, a bottle of the Clynelish 8-year-old Early 20th Century appeared at Bonhams in a hand-blown green glass bottle. Filled to the "high/mid shoulder" it brought £3,120.

All shown prices include Buyer's Premium.


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