Two whiskies demonstrated that spending no more than five-figures can net you a fantastic future investment in a German internet sale of rare and collectible single malts, last weekend.
Online bidding in the auction closed last Saturday (July 10) and starred two historic and sought-after bottles of the Islay's finest: the Bowmore.
The auction's top lot was the famous 1993 bottling of the 1964 Black Bowmore (not to be confused with the "new" Black Bowmore released in 2007 to complete the distillery's legendary Bowmore Trilogy).
Bottle number 31 of just 2,000 was sold with a note of confirmation from the distillery, and realised an impressive final price of €3,050.
Meanwhile, just behind it was the historic Bowmore 1957 - an original bottling from January 14, 1957, numbered 144 out of 861.
Casked in the Bowmore's famous No 1 vaults for nearly four decades, the 38-year-old has been described by its Islay island distillers as "saved from extinction."
This is in reference to the whisky's alcohol volume. By law, the alcoholic volume of whisky must be a minimum of 40%, but the strength evaporates over time.
When the 1957 was bottled, its natural cask strength was just 40.1% volume. Nevertheless, the whisky survived and brought a final price of €2,310 in the German auction.
For the lucky buyers, each of these historic whiskies are guaranteed to appreciate in value in future years as the Bowmore remains one of the market's best-loved and most coveted whiskies.
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