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DISTILLED | WHISKY + MOUTAI + MORE - The Largest Spirits Online Sale Presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Sotheby’s Expands Wine and Spirits Online Auctions



The Largest Spirits Online Sale Presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong
Open for Bidding Today Through 5 May
Fine Selection of Sought-After Spirits from The Macallan, Ardbeg, Springbank, Glenfiddich and Samaroli’s Legendary Independent Bottlings, and Elegant Classics from Karuizawa and Ichiro’s Hanyu Bottlings

Inaugural Online Wine Auction by Sotheby’s Hong Kong
Open for Bidding from 28 April to 12 May
Top Bordeaux, Champagne, and New World Icons

Distilled | Whisky + Moutai + More
Opening for Bidding: 21 April – 5 May

Comprising over 130 lots, Distilled | Whisky + Moutai + More is the largest online sale for spirits ever presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong. The sale focuses on the most sought-after names in both Scotch and Japanese whiskies as well as Chinese spirit Kweichow Moutai. Leading the sale is Karuizawa Aqua of Life 50 Years 1968, which is one of an incredibly limited release of only 248 bottles from 2018. The Mortlach 75-Year-Old Gordon & Macphail Generations (1 BT70), the oldest whisky ever bottled, is a trophy piece for any serious collector and not to be missed. The sale also offers a selection of Kweichow Moutai from the 1980s and 1990s, highlighted by the rare Flying Fairy Precious Moutai 1992.

Vine ׀ The Wonderful Cellar ׀ Part II
Opening for Bidding: 28 April – 12 May

Amassed by an important Asian collector, the sale is distinguished by a remarkable range of top Bordeaux such as Château Margaux 1996 and Château Cheval Blanc 2009, and features the greatest names in Champagne from some of the finest vintages, including Krug 1990, Salon Le Mesnil 2002, and Dom Pérignon Rosé from the 1990s. Penfolds and Joseph Phelps, two of the very finest New World producers, are also on offer.

Hot on the heels of the strong performance of our London and New York online sales over the past two months, Sotheby’s Wine is excited to present an eclectic mix of spirits and an exceptional private cellar catering to the ever-increasing demand from the Asian collectors. Through our expanded online sales programme, we are offering our clients the maximum flexibility and convenience possible to acquire the very best wines and spirits during this unprecedented time.
Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Asia


Distilled | Whisky + Moutai + More


The Macallan Duncan Taylor The Rarest Collection 42 Year Old 1969 (1 BT70) Est. HK$170,000-220,000
As one of the oldest independent bottles of The Macallan at 42 years, this decanter set is a celebration of single cask expressions. Not only Is the whisky accompanied by cut crystal Glencairn glasses and adorned with a hallmarked silver stopper, but its presentation case is made out of its own cask #6860.

Mortlach 75 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Generations (1 BT70) Est. HK$130,000-180,000
A must-have for any serious collector for one simple reason: this is the oldest whisky ever bottled. Originally established in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail is one of the oldest and most revered independent bottlers in Scotch Whisky’s history. Gordon & MacPhail previously set the record for the oldest age statement whisky ever with their 70 Year Old Mortlach under the same Generations series.

Coleburn Samaroli Flowers 12 Year Old (1 BT) Est. HK$24,000-32,000
Silvano Samaroli’s whiskies are known to be among the best in the world, with Laphroaigs and Bowmores achieving the highest scores on Serge Valnetin’s Silvano began his independent bottlings in earnest with the Samaroli Flowers series. These whiskies were carefully selected and the label designs were drawn by Silvano himself. This Coleburn is one of this inimitable series, and to increase its desirability, Coleburn itself is a closed distillery, so very few of its bottles exist.

Karuizawa Aqua of Life 50 Year Old 1968 (1 BT70) Est. HK$280,000-400,000
Since March 2020, a 52 Karuizawa has held the record for the most valuable Japanese whisky ever sold when it achieved £363,000 at Sotheby’s in London. This 50 Year Old from cask #6223 known as “Aqua of Life” is one of an incredibly limited release of only 248 bottles released in 2018. Since Karuizawa’s closure in 2011, no new whisky has been distilled and existing stocks are becoming more and more limited as time goes by.

Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Card Series Ace of Clubs cask #9523 2000 (1 BT70), Est. HK$110,000-160,000
After Hanyu ceased production in 2000, Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Hanyu’s founder, purchased 400 whisky casks from the closed distillery. He bottled his first few casks, each identified by a different playing card, which proved to be highly successful. Ichiro went on to complete the set with 58 cards produced in total, and his Malt Card Series became one of the most iconic series in the world of whisky. The ‘Ace of Clubs’ is particularly interesting as this was bottled from a Mizunara Puncheon - made from a very rare and valuable hardwood with aromatic properties.

Kweichow Flying Fairy Precious Moutai 1992 (2 HFLT) Est. $55,000-80,000
“Precious” Flying Fairy Moutai made its debut in 1986, aimed for the top end market at that time. Not only it has a different label and packaging than the regular Flying Fairy bottling, the blend has included components of longer aged “Reserve” Moutai in it, rendering the spirit with higher complexity and longer length.


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Château Lafite 2008 (12 BT) Est. $60,000-$80,000

Château Margaux 1996 (12 BT) Est. $50,000-$70,000

Château Mouton Rothschild 2009 (12 BT) Est. $50,000-$70,000

Château Haut Brion 2009 (12 BT) Est. $55,000-$75,000

Château Angélus 2009 (12 BT) Est. $28,000-$38,000

Château Cheval Blanc 2009 (12 BT) Est. $55,000-$75,000

Bordeaux Caisse Primeur Duclot 2005 (9 BT) Est. $48,000-$65,000

Salon Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs 2002 (12 BT) Est. $38,000-$48,000

Penfolds Grange 2006 (12 BT) Est. $26,000-$38,000

Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Insignia 2002 (12 BT) Est. $22,000-$30,000

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