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BOWMORE, MACALLAN & MORE STAND OUT AS RARE SPIRITS FETCH HK$12M IN HK
Lot 403: 1 bottle Macallan 72 Year Genesis
Lot 294: Remy Martin Cognac Louis XIII, Black Pearl
Lot 410: Hibiki 35 Year, Imaemon Imaizumi XIII Decanter
Three of the Auction’s Top Lots in Acker Distlled Fine & Rare Spirits HK auction – Lot 403: 1 bottle Macallan 72 Year Genesis; Lot 294: Remy Martin Cognac Louis XIII, Black Pearl & Lot 410: Hibiki 35 Year, Imaemon Imaizumi XIII Decanter
Hong Kong – November 4, 2019 – Hong Kong was hot for Acker’s second-ever “Acker Distilled” auction comprised exclusively of fine spirits on November 2nd.  As Scotch and Japanese whiskey gain momentum at auction, the market demonstrated once again that it cannot get enough of these rare distillations.
The auction's top lot was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - a 236L cask of 1997 Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky along with 6 VVIP tickets to The Ultimate Whiskey Experience at Bowmore Distillery in Islay, Scotland, which was bought for HKD$1,686,400.  The recently hot Macallan took the second spot for HKD$992,000, with the rare 72 Year Genesis bottling, produced in commemoration of the 2018 re-opening of The Macallan Distillery and one of only 600 decanters made. An exceptional magnum of Remy Martin Cognac Louis XII, Black Pearl took the third spot at HKD$396,800, followed closely by the rare Hibiki 35 Year in Imaemon Imaizumi XIII Decanter, which fetched HKD$297,600.  A phenomenal mixed lot of well-aged Port Ellen Scotches took the fifth spot, 11 bottles of the out-of-production Scotch realizing HKD$188,480, while a series of Japanese whiskies— Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt Whisky Queen of Hearts, 1979 Yamazaki Vintage Malt, both of which sold for HKD$128,960, and a duo of 1980 and 1981 Karuizawa Single Cask, attained HKD$119,040—swept up the sixth through eighth spots.  The Top Ten closed out with the spirit that started the fine whiskey frenzy, Scotch, a 700ml of 1957 Glen Grant 60 Year, which sold for HKD$99,200, and two bottles of 1955 Macallan hammered at HKD$84,320.
“I am thrilled that Acker has established itself globally as a center for fine and rare spirits, just as it is the world’s destination for fine and rare wines,” said Acker Chairman John Kapon.  "It has been exhilarating to contribute these fabulous lots to the burgeoning spirits market, and to have another successful sale in Hong Kong encourages me and the team at Acker that we are at the forefront of a new market trend.  We are exceedingly pleased with these results and are looking forward to another landmark sale in Hong Kong on November 9th.  With spirits becoming a market-wide priority, this sale features another unique whiskey lot— a 189L barrel of 1989 Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has been under the care of the esteemed distillery for 30 years.  This sale also features a Historic Offering Direct from the Cellars of Jean-Louis Chave.  This is an unprecedented, almost sixty lot selection from the Domaine’s collection back to 1923, and also features the worldwide debut of the 2010 Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin!  To call it an honor and privilege is drastically understating it!  There is no question Domaine Jean-Louis Chave is one of the greatest producers of wine in the world, and we cannot wait to share this, and all the fabulous collections in this auction with our clients and friends.”
The consignment deadline of November 15th is soon approaching for Acker’s upcoming sales in Hong Kong and New York, and weekly web auctions are constantly closing and accepting consignments.  For more information, email info@ackerwines.com.
Highlights from the November 2nd HK Spirits Auction
LOT QTY/FMT WINE PRICE (HKD)
541 1 236L 1997 Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Refill Oloroso Butt Cask #2409  $1,686,400
403 1 bottle Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 72 Year Old Genesis  $992,000
294 1 magnum Remy Martin Cognac Louis XIII, Black Pearl  $396,000
410 1 700ml Hibiki Whisky 35 Year, Imaemon Imaizumi XIII Decanter  $297,600
92 11 700mls 1978 and 1979 Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch Whisky, various editions  $188,480
156 1 700ml Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky, Queen of Hearts  $128,960
223 1 700ml 1979 Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, Vintage Malt  $128,960
469 1 700ml ea 1980 and 1981 Karuizawa Single Malt Whisky, Single Cask  $119,040
560 1 700ml 1957 Glen Grant Single Malt Whisky, 60 Year  $99,200
81 2 bottles 1955 Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky  $84,320
129 1 bottle Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, Age Unknown  $84,320
146 3&1 700ml 2011 and 2010 Chichibu Single Malt Whisky, Whisky Talk  $79,360
160 1 700ml Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky, Five of Hearts  $79,360
60 1 700ml ea 1992-1995 Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, The Owner's Cask  $74,400
365 1 bottle 1957 Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Red Ribbon  $74,400
477 1 700ml ea 2011 and 2012 Chichibu Single Malt Whisky, Intergalactic  $74,400
162 1 700ml Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky, Queen of Clubs  $69,440
168 1 700ml Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky, Ace of Diamonds  $69,440
389 1 700ml Dalmore Single Malt Whisky, 40 Year  $69,440
210 1 700ml Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, 25 Year Old  $64,480
128 1 700ml ea Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky (Mizunara Cask, Heavily Peated, Bourbon Barrel and Puncheon Editions)  $59,520
164 1 700ml Hanyu Ichiro's Malt Whisky, Jack of Diamonds  $59,520
380 1 bottle 1937 Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky  $59,520
523 1 bottle 1965 Bowmore Single Malt Whisky, Full Strength  $59,520
Upcoming Auctions
Hong Kong:  Saturday, November 9, 2019
New York:  Thursday, November 21, 2019
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