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Drams of Desire

Ahead of events kicking off around the globe for World Whisky Day, 21 May, we polled Bonham’s Whisky Specialist Martin Green on his top 20 scotches that every collector should aspire to assemble

Ardbeg 1965 Image: Bonhams
Balvenie 50 year old, 1937 Image: Bonhams
Black Bowmore, 1964 Image: Bonhams
Bowmore Trilogy, Black, White & Gold Image: Bonhams
Dalmore 50 year old, 1926 Image: The Whisky Exchange
Dalmore Candela, 50 year old Image: Bonhams
Glen Grant 60 year old, 1952 Image: Bonhams
Glenfarclas, 1961 Image: Bonhams
Glenfiddich 50 year old Image: Bonhams
Glenlivet 70 year old, 1940 Image: Bonhams
Glenmorangie Pride Image: Bonhams
Highland Park 40 year old, 1958 Image: The Whisky Exchange
Laphroaig 40 year old Image: Bonhams
Laphroaig Vintage 1960 Image: The Whisky Exchange
The Macallan 50 year old, 1928 Image: Bonhams
The Macallan Millennium Decanter 50 year old, 1948 Image: Bonhams
The Macallan 60 year old, 1926 Image: The Whisky Exchange
Mortlach 70 year old, 1939 Image: Bonhams
Springbank 50 year old, 1919 Image: Bonhams
Talisker 28 year old, 1973 Image: The Whisky Exchange

Heading Bonham’s whisky department for close to a decade now, Martin Green is no stranger to rarefied bottles. On this poll, he explains „These are the best and rarest expressions from each respective distillery to have been released to market over the last 30 plus years – in some cases they are the most expensive or sought after by collectors“.


Responsible for curating the auction house’s vast sales of unique and hard to find scotches, the next of which, in Edinburgh, is fast approaching in June, his knowledge and viewpoint is beyond reproach “I think when you see the images you will understand why these are not just conventional bottles.“



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