Further proof that the GFC might be retreating and that the demon drink has indeed become a sound financial investment was the news that a bottle, err decanter, of Dalmore Oculus whisky sold for a GBP27,600 (USD47,000) at yesterday’s whisky auction at Bonhams Edinburgh (UK).

The Dalmore Oculus is blended from some of the most exceptional whiskies of the past 140 years, brought the highest price ever paid for a Dalmore whisky as cheers rang around the sale room at the fall of the hammer.

Other distinguished whiskies on offer at the auction included a Black Bowmore-1964 first edition, bottled 1993, beautifully presented in a wooden case, which sold for a sensational GBP2,100 (estimated GBP1,500-1,700), whilst the Black Bowmore-1964, final edition, bottled 1995 also reached £2,100 (estimated GBP1,500-2,000) and the Black Bowmore-1964 first edition, bottled 1993, selling for an equally impressive GBP 2,040 (estimated GBP1,500-1,700). Elsewhere, The Macallan-56 year old-1946, officially bottled by hand at The Macallan Distillery exceeded its pre-sale estimate of GBP1,500-2,000, selling for GBP1,980.

From the first section of the 3,000-strong Willard S Folsom Collection of Old and Rare Single Malt Whiskies, The Dalmore-50 year old-1926 presented in a splendid ceramic decanter sold for an sizeable GBP1,920 (estimated GBP 1,500-1,700). Also from this collection, a Macallan Speymalt-1938 toppled pre-sale estimates of GBP 800-1,000, reaching GBP 1,920, whilst a Bowmore Oloroso Wood-38 year old-1964 single malt fetched GBP 1,680 (estimated GBP 1,200-1,400).

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