Rare 72-year-old Scotch Whisky Auctioned In Hong Kong

At the end of January (2021), Bonhams auctioneers sold a bottle of 72-year-old Glen Grant single malt scotch whisky for $54,300 (approximately £39,500) including sale fees. Potential buyers competed to purchase a premium quality Dartington crystal glass decanter of the luxurious liquor, presented in a splendid American black walnut case.

Limited availability due to a short production run meant that this auction lot always looked likely to command a high selling price. The eighty-eighth pack in a limited series of just 290, the original cask of vintage Glen Grant scotch had matured and lain intact until 2020 in the distiller’s warehouse.

Initially, experts estimated that the highly attractive auction lot would realise in the region of $38,000 to $49,000 (around £27,600 to £35,600) at the fall of the hammer. As it turned out, buyers’ enthusiasm exceeded their expectations.

The 1948 vintage was the oldest available from the well-known distillery. Respected by collectors and investors alike for its fresh flavour and clear colour, Glen Grant’s Speyside operation dates back to 1840. It now forms part of the Campari drinks group.

According to a report in The Independent, that day’s Hong Kong auction also saw a 35-year-old Japanese Hibiki whisky and Kutani ceramic decanter sell for an astonishing $48,000.

Bonhams is one of the largest global auctioneers. Privately owned and held in high esteem by discerning bidders, the chain holds auction sales in more than sixty branches worldwide.