All eyes in the whisky world will be on Edinburgh this Wednesday when the first bottles of the recently released Bowmore 1957 go up for sale at Bonhams.
The 54-year-old Islay malt is the oldest ever bottled by the distillery, or any other on the famed whisky island and has a reserve price of £100,000.
But some whisky watchers are predicting it could go for much more than that price, and are wondering if it might threaten the current Guinness World Record of £291,125 paid for a 64-year-old Macallan Lalique in New York in 2010.
Bonhams’ whisky expert, Martin Green, was quoted in the Edinburgh Evening News as saying: “It’s the oldest bottle ever to come out of the isle of Islay, and Bowmore have been monitoring the cask every six months and deciding when is the right time to bottle.
“There’s likely to be interest from many different countries. Everyone has been hearing about this sale and there may be many foreign buyers, but they can’t always attend so we will have people bidding online.”
Proceeds from the sale are being split between Alzheimer Scotland, The Beatson Oncology Centre, veteran’s charity Erskine, Marie Curie Cancer Care and CHAS, who run children’s hospices in Scotland.