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Whisky News: Rare Auction And Digital Tokens For Scotch From A Former Ghost Distillery

Consider investing in the new Brora 1982 token, or an ultra-rare 54-year-old Ladyburn whisky that’s going under the hammer.

Whisky News: Rare Auction And Digital Tokens For Scotch From A Former Ghost Distillery

Brora 1982 gets ‘tokenised’

Produced during its namesake distillery’s short-lived, light-on-the-peatiness phase, the Brora 1982 is one of Brora’s rarest expressions. It’s especially coveted, given the scotch distillery was – until recently – defunct for 38 years. Now, you can invest in this elusive whisky, which can be purchased through a tokenised asset-backed security (ABS), launched by Singapore-based 1982 Brora Pte Ltd.

Gerald Ong, owner of 1982 Brora Pte Ltd.

Each digital token represents a bottle of Brora 1982 and is tradable on Hg Exchange (HGX), a private, member-driven exchange licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The ABS allows accredited investors to own and trade units of premium whisky while it is still maturing in the cask. Brora 1982 is targeted for bottling in 2027, after which investors can redeem the ABS for cash by selling the whisky or keep the physical product to consume. At the time of bottling, the whisky will be 45 years old.

New release: The Balvenie Twenty-Five

The Balvenie Twenty-Five.

Recently unveiled is this hero expression from The Balvenie’s Rare Marriages range, a new collection of premium Single Malts by Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE. The whiskies are notable for their complexity of character and balanced flavours, derived from the marriage of rare casks in a traditional oak marrying tun. Savour notes of bold vanilla oak, crystalised ginger, and sweet runny honey from this baby, with a deeper layer of citrus richness and mellow oakiness. The Balvenie Twenty-Five can be purchased from The Distillers Library (79 Robinson Road).

New release: Glenmorangie Sonoma-Cutrer 25-year-old single malt scotch whisky

The brainchild of Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, this rare single malt is finished in Chardonnay casks from the winery of Sonoma Cutrer in the Sonoma Valley – a first for the distillery. This has resulted in a whisky of delightfully floral, fruity aromas, with scents of carnations, roses and narcissi, alongside Glenmorangie’s hallmark tones of vanilla, pear and peach. Flavours include that of vanilla and Victoria spongecake, laced with mandarin segments in syrup, zesty lemon and poached pears, followed by a rounded oaky smoothness flowing into bold buttery notes. There are only 1,000 bottles of this rare single malt, which has been aged for 25 years, 10 of which were in Bourbon casks.

Bid for one-of-a-kind lots of Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Ladyburn whiskies

  • Ladyburn 1966 David Bailey one-off John Lennon Edition
  • Glenfiddich: The 1950s

Scottish distiller and distributor William Grant & Sons has made a historic donation of three one-of-a-kind lots to the inaugural Worshipful Company of Distillers’ charity auction that will take place with Sotheby’s at Barnbougle Castle on 3rd December 2021. The lots are expected to reach more than £285,000 in total sales. They include a four-decanter prelude set of one-off bottlings from Glenfiddich distilled in the 1950s, and a 54-year-old Ladyburn whisky distilled in 1966, featuring a hand-signed photograph of John Lennon by David Bailey. Contact privateclients@wgrant.com to register to bid at the auction.

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