Media Release: Photocall – extraordinary bottle of Bowmore, to lead whisky sale

AN extraordinary bottle of Bowmore 1957, estimated at £100,000-150,000 will be available to photograph at 11am on Monday 8th October at Bonhams, 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

It is the most expensive bottle of whisky ever offered at auction and will be the main lot at Bonhams next Whisky Sale in Edinburgh on 10 October.

One of only 12 bottles, the 54 year-old Bowmore 1957 is recognised as the oldest malt the distillery has ever released and, the oldest whisky ever to come from the Isle of Islay.

It is, of course, also the rarest and is expected to become a highly sought-after collectors’ item.

The whisky itself is said to carry initial flavours of blueberries, cassis, figs, sea salt and eucalyptus followed by dark chocolate and grapefruit leaving the drinker with an aftertaste of bergamot and star anise.

The whisky is being sold to benefit five Scottish charities: Alzheimer Scotland; The Beatson (West of Scotland Cancer Centre); CHAS (children’s hospice services); Erskine (medical care for Armed Forces); and Marie Curie (cancer care and research).

A second bottle of the Bowmore 1957 will be sold at Bonhams Whisky auction in New York on 28 October.

The proceeds will once again be donated to the same five Scottish charities.


For more information on the sale and a full catalogue, please visit

For further press information please contact Julian Roup on 0207 468 8259 or


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale.

In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers sales  through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UKregions and Scotland.

Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New Yorkand Connecticutin the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas.

For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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