Islay’s oldest whisky fails to sell at auction

Bowmore’s 1957 expression failed to find a willing bidder at auction on Wednesday.

On sale in Edinburgh, the whisky dubbed Islay’s “rarest and oldest whisky” failed to reach its reserve price of £100,000.

The whisky will remain on sale for another week and the second bottle is due to go on sale in New York later this month.

A statement from Morrison Bowmore said: “While we came close to reaching the minimum reserve today, we couldn’t accept anything less, especially with all proceeds going to our chosen charities.

“The Bowmore 1957 is an exceptionally rare and unique bottling. With only 12 bottles in existence worldwide, it is the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released as well as the oldest single malt to have come out of Islay.

“It is a testament and a celebration of the craft and care that we, as a distillery, put into our whiskies. We’ve always appreciated that with auctions it’s down to the luck of the draw on the day.

“The Edinburgh auction remains open for another week and the second auction in New York will be held on 28 October 2012. There remains an opportunity for a winning bidder to take home this jewel of a single malt Scotch whisky and a significant donation made to our charities.”

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