An extremely rare bottle of 70YO Private Collection Glenlivert 1943 was snatched up by a Chinese buyer for £34,000 (USD 43,800) at an auction in Glasgow last week.
The Chinese buyer was said to have travelled to Scotland to bid in person in the auction held by McTear’s auction house.
The hammer price comfortably beat the pre-sale high estimate of £31,000 (USD40,000). The auctioneer’s whisky expert, Graeme Maxwell, said: “We have seen some exceptional bottles come through the doors at McTear’s over the years and there is no doubt this sits as one of the most magnificent whiskies we have had the privilege to auction.
“The Private Collection Glenlivert 1943 is revered among whisky connoisseurs and we were delighted to see it make such a good price at our Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction.”
According to the catalogue description, the 70YO Glenlivert was distilled on 14 January 1943, matured in first fill sherry hogshead no. 121. It was bottled on 11 June 2013, bottle no.6 of 42. Bottle volume is 70cl, alcohol level is 49.1%.
The bottle comes with a wooden presentation box, with certificate of authenticity and small sample.
As well as the 1943 Glenlivet, the sale also saw new high prices for a bottle of The Macallan ‘Nicol’s Nectar’at £5,200, a bottle of 15 year-old Caol Ila Manager’s Dram at £3,600 and a bottle of Ardbeg 1976 Single Cask 22 year-old £3,000.
(the writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)