For those who’ve never really delved into the world of spirits, you’d think that whiskey was meant to be consumed. After all, it’s a beverage — and a delicious one at that. But for some, whiskey is a collector’s item with appraisals that rise and fall like sports cards and comic books.
One such collector has spent a lifetime accumulating some of the rarest, most sought-after bottles of whiskey on the planet. And now until the morning of March 17, you’ll have a chance to bid on these bottles over at Sotheby’s auction house. Part 1 of the Camouflage Collection consists of 469 lots, with 1,500 bottles in the collection altogether from the likes of Pappy Van Winkle, Michter’s, Redemption, Buffalo Trace, the Macallan, and Yamazaki.
Among the highlights are a 1986 bottle of Pappy’s 23, as well as a double-vertical series from Pappy’s, consisting of two complete lines from 2020 through 2022 (12 bottles in all). Likewise, a 2008 bottle of Pappy’s 23 Year Old Family Reserve is being offered from the same year that claims the record-breaking auction sale for bourbon. There are also some incredibly coveted bottles of Scotch, including a 40-year-old bottle from the Macallan’s Red Collection and a 32-year-old Fine & Rare release from 1969. If rye is more your thing, you can check out a 36-year-old rye whiskey from Redemption, of which only 18 were ever bottled.
Rare bottles will crop up at auctions fairly often but it’s remarkable for this many grail expressions to be offered in a single event. If you want a chance at owning one of these rare whiskeys, head over to Sotheby’s and register to bid before it’s too late.