A rare signed Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli 15 Year Old is expected to break previous auction records for the bottle.
The standout Samaroli classic whisky is due to go under the hammer next week in the July online auction held by Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer.
This follows on the heels of the record-setting Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet that was snapped up for a £51,611 hammer price in Whisky Auctioneer’s auction last month.
Meetings between the Islay distilleries and the legendary Italian bottler, Silvano Samaroli, have produced an absolutely stellar selection of whisky over the years, but this Laphroaig 1967 Sherry Wood is revered by whisky connoisseurs the world over and is generally regarded as the best whisky ever committed to bottle.
One of only 720 bottles produced, this bottle is also signed by Silvano Samaroli himself making this a very rare opportunity to own this bottling as well as a truly one-of-a-kind whisky collectible.
According to research conducted by Rare Whisky 101, the Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli achieved £5700 the last time it went under the hammer in 2014. It is expected to fetch over £25,000 in this auction.
The Laphroaig 1967 is highly regarded and finds itself a hair’s width away from being top of Whiskybase.com’s top 1000 whiskies of all time, currently stood just below Samaroli’s other masterpiece the Bowmore 1966 Bouquet. Serge Valentin of WhiskyFun.com has given the Laphroaig 1967 98 points, one of his highest scored reviews of all time.
Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: ‘The Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli is a true monument in the world of whisky. Countless whisky connoisseurs across the world who have been lucky enough to try a dram consider it the best, most flawless whisky of all time.
‘The interest in this should be huge, but now even more so as, following on from our recent auction of the Bowmore 1966 Bouquet, it is another unique opportunity to own one of Silvano Samaroli’s most fantastic and lauded whiskies, with this bottle even signed by the master himself.’
The Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli is an example of two heavyweights of the whisky world at the very top of their game.
The 1960s was a golden era in production for many Islay distilleries, with the southeast coast’s Laphroaig no exception. Today it is one of the few remaining Scottish distilleries with its own in-house malting floor, and this vintage dates to the time when this provided 100% of the malt they used.
Modern Laphroaig uses only a small percentage of its own malt, the rest sourced from Port Ellen, making this a truly pure example of what the distillery can produce, and a rare one at that.
The auction is the latest in a growing line of rare treasures to be sold by Whisky Auctioneer, which specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectable whisky.
Over the past two years, Whisky Auctioneer has broken auction records on a monthly basis, and in addition to the recent Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sold for £51,611, standout lots include a rare collection of Corti Brothers whiskies for £52,865, and the world’s largest known collection of rare and collectable Karuizawa whisky from Japan for £770,000.
The auction goes live on 27 July and will close on 6 August.
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