Rare Royal Brackla whisky set for $7,000 sale at Bonhams

A rare bottle of Royal Brackla 60-year-old - one of the world's rarest whiskies - auctions next month.

Distilled in 1924, the bottle will be a test of the tastebuds and the wallet - it's expected to make up to £4,500 ($6,821).

Royal Brackla
One of only 62

Bottled in 1984, the Scottish distillery closed its doors in 1985 before the whisky could be sold. It took until United Distillers bought the distillery in 1991 for the whisky to finally be released.

The 62 bottles were given to local dignitaries and members of staff.

Another of the bottles sold for £2,345 in 2009. The higher estimate this time is indicative of the growing appreciation for rare whisky as an "investible" commodity.

Indeed, the rarest bottles of Scotch whisky have increased in worth by 13% in the past 12 months, according to whisky index Rare Whisky 101.

That's a key reason why the sector is attracting increasing numbers of investment-minded buyers.

The Royal Brackla is joined at the Bonhams Edinburgh sale by the Bowmore Trilogy, a single lot of three rare bottles from the Scottish distillery, including a Gold Bowmore 44-year-old, distilled in 1964.

The lot has a £14,000 ($21,220) high estimate.

A Macallan Select Reserve 52-year-old from 1946 could make up to £6,000 ($9,094), while a 1926 Dalmore 50-year-old has a £5,000 ($7,580) valuation.

Bonhams' whisky expert Martin Green commented: "This is a particularly strong sale and I'd happily settle in front of the Christmas fire with a glass from any of the bottles we have on offer.

"If I had to pick a favorite, however, I'd go for the Royal Brackla 60 year-old for its incredible rarity. I've never been lucky enough to try it so this would be the perfect opportunity."

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