Glenfiddich 1937 single malt whisky goes under the hammer for £25,200

They'll be having a well-deserved drink at Bonhams tonight following an auction of rare whisky which made over £160,000 with 95% sold by value - with a clear star.

A bottle of Glenfiddich topped the sale at £25,200, in Edinburgh making it one of the most expensive bottles of whisky ever sold at auction - comparable to the world record of £29,400 which was paid in 2007 for a 19th century bottle of Bowmore. 

Appearing for the first time at auction, the whisky is described as having a bouquet of "newly dug peat, burnt leather, old books, leather and oak" and the taste of "treacle toffee, crème brûlée and toasted almonds."

A 70cl single malt distilled in 1937, it is one of only 61 bottles produced and was part of a batch of 10 bottles released in 2001.  Even the guide price of £15,000-20,000 proved to be an underestimate.

A very rare bottle of Glenfiddich single malt whisky from 1937
A very rare bottle of Glenfiddich single malt whisky from 1937

The sale also featured a crystal decanter of The Macallan 50 year old which narrowly beat its top estimate of £7,000 to leave the stage at £7,440.

Bonhams Whisky specialist, Martin Green, said, "The moment I saw it I knew we had something special and I'm delighted that it reached such a high price. 

"Even in these difficult economic times very high quality items will still excite a lot of interest and this was a truly exceptional opportunity to acquire an exceptional bottle."


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