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S otheby’s are delighted to present our latest Spirits sale in Hong Kong, which celebrates the very best fine and rare Scotch, Japanese whisky and Moutai.
The sale is led by the second release of Prima & Ultima, consigned directly from Diageo and made up of a collection of its top distilleries, including the newly restored Brora. The collections were revealed released last month via a heavily oversubscribed online registration, with set #1 held back for exclusive sale at this Sotheby’s auction.
Further highlights include an extraordinary collection of aged Japanese whiskies from, Karuizawa, Yamazaki, Hibiki, the highlight of which is the ultra-rare Karuizawa Cask #8852 Streams of Time 1965. Other highlights from Asia include rare vintage Kweichow Moutai, as well as full cases of the popular Chinese spirit.
Additionally, we are offering examples of exceptional Scotch from Macallan, Talisker, Mortlach and the legendary independent Italian bottler Samaroli, all of which showcase the very best single malt Scotland has to offer.
由帝亞吉歐集團慷慨捐出的第二版 Prima & Ultima 原酒系列震撼登場。系列嚴選集團旗下知名蒸餾廠的一流醇酩，包括最近重新投產的Brora。
蘇格蘭威士忌則有 Macallan、Talisker、Mortlach 及意大利獨立裝瓶廠 Samaroli 的出品，盡情展示蘇格蘭酒業巨擘的魅力。
Prima & Ultima
The second release of Prima & Ultima, Diageo’s collectable series of exquisite cask-strength whiskies contains 8 vintage single malts from across Scotland. Curated by master blender Maureen Robinson, these stunning malts highlight the broad and diverse range of the Diageo portfolio, including stock from closed distilleries, dating from 1974 through to 1995.
Each bottle in this set is #1 of its respective outturn, individually-numbered and signed by Maureen Robinson and hand labelled. Each is accompanied by a 2cl miniature of the same whisky, along with 8 individual bespoke glasses, unique to this set.
The winning bidder will also receive an invitation to join Maureen Robinson, with a guest, at the recently restored Brora distillery in the Scottish Highlands for an entirely unique day-long exploration of Scotch history. The visit will include warehouse tastings of historic Brora stocks and further cask samples from Diageo's distillery's across Scotland that have yet to see the light of day. The day will culminate with a private tasting of Prima & Ultima with Maureen Robinson as she showcases her curated selection of historic single vintage malts that make up this second release in the collection.
The proceeds from set number 1 of the second release will be donated to leading humanitarian charity, CARE International. Funds from the auction will support CARE International UK's work to empower women and their communities around the world through encouraging entrepreneurship, building livelihoods, improving access to education and healthcare, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mortlach Distillery
Mortlach 25 Year Old 52.4 abv 1995 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1995, bottled on 19th January 2021, one of 454 bottles, taken from a single very special 1995 Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso seasoned European Oak butt. This 25 year old known as ‘The Lone Wolf’ (for standing out from the pack) tames the meaty, robust strength of Mortlach with exceptionally complex and rich flavours.
- Auchroisk Distillery
Auchroisk 47 Year Old 48.7 abv 1974 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled on 15th January 1974, bottled on 26th January 2021, one of 382 bottles, single refill European oak butt. This liquid is from the very first cask to be filled at Auchroisk when distilling began on 15th January 1974. Kept back for many years for its character and its rarity, the spirit is remarkably rich and spicy, with fruity aromas and smooth flavours.
- Lagavulin Distillery
Lagavulin 28 Year Old 47.7 abv 1992 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1992, bottled on 20th January 2021, one of 1,081 bottles, 5 freshly charred American oak hogsheads, the first of its kind from a small experimental batch matured entirely on Islay, which makes this a very rare Lagavulin. Time has mellowed the smoky nature of this spirit making it elegantly rounded and smooth in texture.
- Linkwood Distillery
Linkwood 39 Year Old 52.9 abv 1981 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1981, bottled on 25th January 2021, one of 701 bottles, 4 new American oak casks which were PX & Oloroso seasoned as part of the first pioneering trial exploring different maturation processes at the distillery. This expression gives the liquid an incredible depth, imparting rich flavours and aromas that come from a PX & Oloroso-seasoned cask.
- Glendullan Distillery
The Singleton of Glendullan 28 Year Old 60.1 abv 1992 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1992, bottled on 19th January 2021, one of 420 bottles, double matured in 2 Madeira casks for 14 years, this is one of the most extraordinary maturations from The Singleton. Initially kept in refill wood, before double-maturing in two small ex-Madeira barriques for another 14 year, which was part of a one-off trial at Singleton. The result is a sweet richness which complements the light and elegant distillery character.
- Talisker Distillery
Talisker 41 Year Old 47.5 abv 1979 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1979, bottled on 26th January 2021, one of 556 bottles, selected from the last four 1979 refill American Oak hogsheads that spent their time in the storm lashed warehouse, No.4, Talisker’s closet chamber to the Atlantic Ocean. The liquid within the bottle is supremely rugged, smooth and muscular.
- Brora Distillery
Brora 40 Year Old 49.4 abv 1980 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1980, bottled on 18th January 2021, one of 505 bottles, this is one of the very last of the 1980 casks distilled during the golden age of peated Brora, which was stored separately for safe keeping and reunited for this final 1980 release. A fitting tribute to a great legacy which has been aged in American oak for 40 years, creating a fragrant smokiness which lingers in the long and warming finish.
- Convalmore Distillery
Convalmore Year Old 48.6 abv 1984 (1 bt 70cl & 1 bt 2cl)
Distilled in 1984, bottled on 25th January 2021, one of 647 bottles, taken from three American Oak hogsheads filled on Thursday 22nd November 1984, a matter of months before the distillery closed forever. A fine farewell, very little of the malt remains, which harnesses the golden, smooth character and rich fruitiness of Convalmore.
The September Spirits sale includes an impressive array of old & rare Japanese whisky including the Karuizawa Cask #8852 Streams of Time 1965. Bottled at an impressive 63.1 abv in 2017 after more than 50 years of maturation, this is one of the oldest expressions of Karuizawa ever released and limited to just 150 bottles. Also from the closed Karuizawa Distillery is the Karuizawa #8183 42 Year Old 1969, bottled from a single bourbon cask in 2012, as well as a number of whiskies from Suntory powerhouse brands Yamazaki and Hibiki.
Back in Scotland, we are offering the oldest ever release from The Isle of Skye’s Talisker Distillery, drawn from just 10 casks and released earlier this year. From the Macallan Distillery we offer a host of releases both old and new, with highlights including a bottle of Macallan Glenlivet Gordon & MacPhail 33 Year Old, and Macallan 18 Year Old 1979. Also up for sale is a bottle of Glenugie Cask #5322 1966 from Italy’s iconic independent bottler Silvano Samaroli.
Also featured is the Chinese spirit Kweichow Moutai, with bottlings from a number of decades represented. Highlights include two bottles of Kweichow Flying Fairy Moutai 1991 and six bottles of the Kweichow Moutai Friends of Hong Kong Association 30th Anniversary Edition 2019.