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Brora Iris 50 Year Old 1972 (1 BT 1.5 LITRE + EXP)

Plus Distillery Experience

No reserve

Auction Closed

October 5, 03:48 PM GMT


200,000 - 400,000 GBP

Lot Details


Brora Iris 50 Year Old 1972

Brora Iris is an historic 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky within a 1.5 litre decanter and suspended within an imposing one-of-a-kind handcrafted stone sculpture. This ultra-rare spirit, crafted by distillers at Brora five decades ago, is the oldest Brora single malt that has ever been bottled and will never be made commercially available.

Drawn from a tiny capsule of Brora’s distilling past, this vanishingly rare ghost stock suspended in time, is from the celebrated year of 1972. These carefully selected casks are refill American Oak Hogsheads (cask numbers: 990, 4789 and 4791) and European Oak Butts (cask numbers: 4815 and 3798); married for a period in excess of 12 months and bottled at a cask strength of 42.9% abv.

The stunning work of art represents the eye of a Scottish Wildcat; the highly elusive native of the Scottish Highlands that is the emblem of Brora Distillery. A collaboration by a number of highly skilled artists and craftspeople, the Brora Iris consists of a 1.5 litre decanter representing the wildcat’s iris, while the stone sculpture has been hewn from the same limestone that was used to build Brora Distillery, by one of Scotland’s finest sculptor’s and artists Michelle De Bruin. Finally, it is crowned by a bronze wildcat figure, which acts as a key to the decanter, cast by one of the UK’s leading animalier sculptors, Jonathan Knight.

The winning bidder of Brora Iris will be invited to explore the reawakened distillery with five guests and be guided by distillery host, Andrew Flatt, through an exquisite tasting experience.

1 bt 1.5 litre + experience (opc)


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