The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet, one of the world’s most coveted and highly regarded whiskies, has been bought for a record-breaking £51,611 in an online auction held by Perth based Whisky Auctioneer.
After receiving over 50 bids from across the globe, the winning bid came from Hong Kong and sets a new world record for this legendary bottle. It exceeds the previous mark of £4,200, which it achieved in 2014, according to research from rare whisky analysts Rare Whisky 101, marking over a 280% annual increase.
The Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet is the creation of two whisky legends – Islay’s Bowmore distillery and celebrated Italian bottler, the late Silvano Samaroli. First bottled in 1984 with only 720 bottles produced, the whisky is currently ranked in the top spot on Whiskybase.com’s top 1000 whiskies of all time, just ahead of Samaroli’s renowned Laphroaig 1967.
The bottle was one of over 3,880 bottles being auctioned off by Whisky Auctioneer this past month, securing a total of more than £1.2million.
Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “It’s widely known that the Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet has legendary status within the whisky industry. We knew that there would be strong interest in its listing and that it would likely break the previous records, but it has exceeded all our expectations by fetching over £50,000. It goes to show how committed people are to collecting and investing in rare vintage whisky, something we are seeing a huge increase in.
“At Whisky Auctioneer, we strive to attract some of the very best collections that can be sold worldwide. At least three world records were broken in this recent auction and that helps to reinforce our reputation as an esteemed whisky auctioneer for both buyers and sellers globally. As interest in the sector continues to grow, we are committed to our service to make it as easy as possible for whisky collectors to trade.”