21 of the Rarest Bottles of Whisky and Rum on Earth Are Up for Auction

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By Walker Loetscher

Whiskey Exchange Ocean Bottle Auction
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23 November 2018

This is the time of year when the special bottles tend to come out. The Johnnie Blue, the Macallan 18, the dusty top-shelfers that dads and bosses demonstratively plop down on the table when they're feeling especially magnanimous.

And if you're in the market for a bottle like that, you won't do better than Whisky Exchange's Plastic Oceans Charity Auction, which features 21 exceedingly rare bottles of Scotch, Japanese whisky and Caribbean rum, a host of which represent the only bottlings of their kind. The auction, which ends Monday night, “is expected to raise upwards of $250,000 for nonprofit organizations around the world that are dedicated to eliminating single-use plastic waste,” according to Robb Report. All bottles have been donated by the Whisky Exchange or the brands themselves.

Highlights include:

  • A 37-year-old Ardbeg single malt numbered 1 of 1
  • A 50-year-old Macallan 1949 housed in a special Millennium Decanter bottle
  • A 45-year-old Dalmore 1973, also a 1 of 1
  • A magnum of 24-year-old rum from cult hero Caroni; it's a 1 of 3 — though the other two will be archived by the distiller
  • And a 1 of 2 Karuizawa 50-year-old single malt that's expected to go for around $255k, which would break the record for a Japanese whisky at auction

Despite the outlandish spirits detailed above, a few of the lots could actually represent a bargain, especially when you consider their potential resale value. A 30-year Pulteney, for example, was bidding for around $400 as of press time. You can browse the full listings and place a bid here.

Happy hunting.


Image via the Whisky Exchange

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