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Sotheby’s to auction ‘oldest Scotch whisky ever bottled’

The 80-year-old Glenlivet Distillery whisky, which was matured in an oak cask, is being shown at Sotheby’s in London ahead of its sale in the company’s Hong Kong auction house next month. Decanter #1 is being auctioned with a framed cask end from the original cask and a lithograph of the original concept drawings signed by David Adjaye. Auction proceeds (minus costs) are being donated to local Scottish charity Trees for Life whose mission is to rewild the Caledonian forest. Only 250 70cl decanters have been created.

“The donation will help the Trees for Life nursery which grows 100,000 rare and native trees, including oaks, from seed each year,” continues Ewen Mackintosh. “It’s fitting that this whisky will provide a legacy for all that will last for generations.”

Public showcases of the decanter and oak pavilion will be exhibited from early September 2021 in Sotheby’s London, New York and Hong Kong galleries, in addition to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Sotheby’s 2021 Hong Kong Autumn Sales Series preview exhibition.

The bottle will be sold on October 7. For more information, click here.

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