Distilled | Whisky + Moutai

Distilled | Whisky + Moutai

Distilled | Whisky + Moutai

Effective May 20th, 2024, Sotheby's has lowered its Buyer's Premium rates and removed Overhead Premium for all categories excluding Wine & Spirits. Sotheby's Overhead Premium will only be charged for Wine & Spirits lots. Please refer to the Conditions of Business located on the relevant sale page for the updated rates.

We are currently consigning items for this auction. Should you wish to include your property in this sale, please feel free to contact our specialists for a complimentary and confidential valuation.


Please note that bidders are required to provide government issued photo identification. For certain lots, deposits may be required. Sotheby’s has sole discretion to request deposits and cancel bids if requirements are not met by bidders.


Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business.


The Hong Kong Tax has been fully paid on these lots, however, the buyer has sole responsibility for any transport costs and any duty or taxes when shipping the lot outside of Hong Kong.


Please note: Sotheby’s cannot assist with international shipping of Wine & Spirits from Hong Kong auctions.

請注意: 蘇富比不會為在香港拍賣的洋酒及烈酒提供國際付運支援服務。


Ullages (Level of Wine or Spirit)

For bottles with defined shoulders the ullage/level is indicated, if applicable, by its relative position in the bottle.

Our interpretations are as follows:

u. - ullage/ullages (levels)

bn. - bottom neck; completely acceptable for any age of wine or spirit

vts. - very top shoulder; completely acceptable for any age of wine or spirit

ts. - top shoulder; usual level for wines or spirits over 15 years old

hs. - high shoulder; typical reduction through the cork, usually no problem

ms. - mid shoulder; usually some deterioration of the cork and therefore some variation

Example: (u. 3hs) means 3 bottles ullaged to high shoulder.

For Burgundy, German and other wines in bottles with sloping necks the ullage is indicated in

centimetres, measured from the base of the cork.

Example: (u. 2x5cm) means 2 bottles ullaged 5 centimetres.

Fully branded cork indicates the producer, vineyard and vintage are legible on the cork.

Branded cork indicates that the cork is branded with either the producer, wine and/or vintage being legible on the cork.

Sotheby’s does not indicate levels under 3 cm in the necks of the bottles inspected.

Parcel is a group of lots of the same type and quantity of wine.

Sotheby’s does not comment on either back labels or importer labels

Bottle Sizes:

hb. - half bottle

imp.pt. - imperial pint

hf.ltr. - half litre

bt 70 - 70cl

bt 50 - 50cl

bt 5 - 5cl

bt 1 - 1cl

bt(s). - bottle(s)

ltr. - litre

mag. - magnum

m-j. - marie-jeanne

d.mag. - double magnum

jero. - jeroboam

reho. - rehoboam

imp. - imperial

meth. - methuselah

salm. - salmanazar

balth. - balthazar

nebu. - nebuchadnezzar

melr. - melchior


(cn) carton

(oc) original carton

(ot) original tube

(owc) original wooden case

(opc) original presentation


(nop) no original packaging

(sc) Sotheby’s carton

(brl) barrel

(hgh) hogshead

(wc) wooden case


[ ] believed e.g. [1970] believed 1970

cm. centimetres

bt(s) bottle(s)

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:


+852 2524 8121

For all sale enquiries please contact:

George Lacey | George.Lacey@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5501

Director, Head of Wine, Asia

Paul Wong | Paul.Wong@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5541

Director, Head of Wine & Spirits, China

Jacky Chan | Jacky.Chan@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8173

Deputy Director, Specialist, Wine & Spirits

Freeman Ho | Freeman.Ho@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5595

Deputy Director, Specialist, Spirits

Nicole Lui | Nicole.Lui@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5522

Junior Specialist, Wine

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