Media Release: Rare whisky expected to ‘dram’ up lots of attention for Bonhams Edinburgh


UNDOUBTEDLY one of the highlights of the year for whisky connoisseurs across the nation, the forthcoming Bonhams whisky sale in Edinburgh on October 12th promises to delight vintage collectors with the presence of 48 year old bottle of 1883 Glenlivet.

A much sought-after collectors item, the bottle is expected to achieve between £15,000 to £20,000 at auction.

With the focus of each auction on Scottish whiskies, the sale includes a wide range of old and rare single malt whiskies from Scotland’s famous distilleries in Speyside, The Highlands, The Orkney Islands, Island of Islay, Campbeltown and The Lowlands.

However, the Glenlivet stands out as the most exclusive item in the collection.

Distilled May 19th 1883 and bottled December 1931 by George & John Gordon Smith, this bottle was originally the property of Captain William Smith Grant.

Captain Smith Grant was the great grandson of Colonel George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet Distillery.

The bottle has remained within the family ever since. The buyer of this rare item will not only be purchasing a valuable Glenlivet heirloom, but a piece of history.


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