Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood smashes record sale at over £60,000

A rare bottle of Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood whisky signed by the late bottler Silvano Samaroli has sold for $79,000 (£61,233) at auction, smashing all known records for the malt.

(Photo: Whisky Auctioneer)

The bottle was auctioned online in a sale that started on 27 July, and closed on Monday 6 August. It was initially expected to go for anywhere upwards of £25,000.

The £61,000 hammer price it achieved is up from the last auction sale of a Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli in 2014 for £5,700 — the equivalent of a 240% annual increase in value.

More than 65 collectors from around the world placed bid on the rare bottle — one of just 720 in circulation — with the eventual winner coming from Germany.

The Laphroaig auction follows on the heels of another high-stakes bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet that made over £50,000 in a sale last month.

The next auction goes live on 24 August and will close on 3 September.

Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said his team have witnessed “an increasing demand” for rare and limited edition bottles of Scotch.

“The Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli was sure to draw a huge amount of attention and interest,” he said, “with the added uniqueness of the bottle being signed by the legendary Silvano Samaroli himself.”

“We are seeing an increase in demand in the market for rare and sought-after whiskies, particularly these admired bottlings from Samaroli.”

The news comes as the popularity of Scotch whisky has started to grow worldwide, following years of decline.

As part its annual survey, The Scotch Whisky Association found that spending at visitor centres rose 15.6% to reach £60.9 million with the highest number of whisky tourists hailing from Germany and the US, following by India, China and Japan.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales & Marketing Executive

Vintage Roots Ltd
Heckfield, Hook, Hants

Trade Marketing Manager

Boisset La Famille des Grands Vins
London, UK

Senior Export Sales Manager (Beer)

Protege International Group Cyprus Ltd
London, UK

Accountant

Lanka Premium Beverages
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Marketing Executive

IWSC & Club Oenologique
London, UK

Sales Manager

Alliance Wine
Glasgow, UK

Sales Account Manager

Spiritrade
London, UK

Sales and Business Development Manager (Spirits)

Protege International Group Cyprus Ltd
London, UK

Business Developer Europe

Vivino
Copenhagen, Denmark or Haarlem, Netherlands

Wine Sales Administration & Customer Service Assistant

Waddesdon Wine
Waddesdon, Aylesbury, UK

Wines of Portugal Annual Tasting 2020

London,United Kingdom
27th Feb 2020

Beaujolais Masterclass 2020

Edinburgh,United Kingdom
27th Feb 2020

Sangiovese Reset

London,United Kingdom
3rd Mar 2020
Click to view more