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Rare cask of The Macallan going to auction in Hong Kong

A rare 30-year-old cask of The Macallan is going to auction next month.

Bonhams in Hong Kong is selling the whisky sherry hogshead cask from the famed Macallan Distillery (estimate: £356,089-£455,003) as part of its Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale on 15 November.

Distilled in May 1989 and never since been moved from the distillery, it is currently one of the oldest editions of Macallan whisky cask available in the market.

The cask with perfect provenance can be stored at Macallan for as long as the buyer wishes, or yielded into a total of 261 bottles.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ director of wine and spirits, Asia, said: ‘Whisky casks are trending because they offer much flexibility for collectors.

‘Getting a good cask means that one can gain more quality bottles at a competitive price, or let it mature further to yield a higher value. The current 30 year Macallan cask is no doubt one of the finest of its kind available in the market yet.’

Bonhams currently holds the world auction record for a whisky cask, with An American Hogshead Cask from Macallan Distillery 1996–22 year old selling for HK$3,430,000 (£339,300.29) in Hong Kong in November last yearThe current cask on offer is an even older and rarer edition.

Two months ago, Bonhams set a new world auction record for a Japanese whisky collection, as Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series sold for HK$7,192,000 (£711,442.48) to an Asian female collector, nearly doubling the previous record set in 2015, also by Bonhams.

Other highlights in the sale include:

Lot 906: Classic trio of Bowmore 1964 (estimate: HK$300,000 – 400,000 – £29,676.41-39,574.59); Bowmore Fino Cask-1964-37 year old; Bowmore Bourbon Cask-1964-38 year old; Bowmore Oloroso Cask-1964-38 year old; Lot 784: The ‘Dreams’ series, one of legendary bottler Samaroli’s most well-known selections (estimate: HK$80,000 – 100,000); Bowmore-Dreams-1984; Bowmore-Dreams-1991; Caol Ila-Dreams-1984; Caol Ila-Dreams-1990; Dailuaine-Dreams-1975; Glenrothes-Dreams-1969; Longrow-Dreams-1987; Linkwood-Dreams-1989; Mortlach-Dreams-1989; Lot 705: A complete set of Macallan Cask Strength series, a rare limited edition that can only be acquired from the Easter Elchies House. (estimate: HK$150,000–190,000 – £14,844.08-18,802.50); Macallan Cask Strength-1981-#9780; Macallan Cask Strength-1980-#4063; Macallan Cask Strength-1980-#17937; Macallan Cask Strength-1990-#24680; Macallan Cask Strength-1989-#552; Macallan Cask Strength-1990-#24483.

The Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale takes place at Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, 20F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong. There is a preview from 12–15 November, with the auction on Friday 15 November 2019.

Find our more about the auction HERE