Whisky knowledgeable Charles MacLean, who starred within the hit unbiased Scottish movie The Angels’ Share, stated the sale of the 47-year-old cask to a feminine collector in China was the equal of round £36,000 per bottle – and there have bottles offered at a lot larger costs.
Nonetheless, he added it was more likely to be the best value ever paid for a cask, which is a much less widespread however more and more in style means of shopping for and promoting uncommon whisky.
An business knowledgeable has claimed a report £16 million achieved at an public sale held on Islay for a cask of whisky was “unprecedented” however “not an unrealistic value”.
He stated: “There are lots of bottles which have offered at public sale for greater than that so that isn’t an unrealistic value.
“The thought of promoting an entire cask of very previous whisky and attaining this extraordinary excessive value is unprecented.
“The best value I’ve heard for the sale of a cask was £5.2m – this was thrice that quantity.”
A uncommon bottle of 72-year-old Glen Grant bottled by Elgin whisky agency Gordon and MacPhail offered for a report HK$937,500 (£100,009) at a sale at Bonhams Hong Kong in Might.
The £16m value for the one-of-a-kind 1975 cask of Ardbeg Islay single malt Scotch is greater than twice what the distillery’s proprietor Glenmorangie Co paid for the complete enterprise in 1997.
The whisky firm has been owned by French luxurious items large LVMH since 2011.
The agency stated “cask no.3” was the oldest-ever launched by Ardbeg, including it was “incomparably valuable” since little single malt was produced on the distillery within the Seventies and it was closed by means of a lot of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties.
The family-owned luxurious agency additionally pledged to donate £1m of the attention watering price ticket to the local people.
Beneath the phrases of the sale, the brand new proprietor will obtain 88 bottles from the cask over the following 5 years, with age profiles of 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50 years previous.
Ardbeg’s director of whisky creation, Dr Invoice Lumsden, married two casks distilled in 1975 into one, referred to as a butt, in 2014 to create a sherried, smoky style.
Mr Lumsden, who will oversee the cask’s ongoing maturation, stated: “Cask no. 3 is a unprecedented style of Ardbeg’s previous.
“Its aromas are nutty, natural and smoky, whereas its tastes of tar, espresso espresso and spearmint have an astonishing finesse for a whisky of such age.