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Yamazaki 1984.  Estimate: £13,000-18,000 (left). Macallan-Glenlivet 22 year old. Estimate: £6,000-9,000 (right).

London – The small High Coast distillery (formerly known as Box), located in the village of Bjärtrå in the Ångermanland region of northern Sweden, has been producing its unique whiskies since 2010. The distillery produces two styles of single malt; a fruity and fresh unpeated spirit, and a smokier and peaty type. It uses an array of different wood types such as Refill Sherry Hogshead, Virgin Charred America Oak and Bourbon Barrel.

Bonhams’ online Fine Whisky and Spirits sale from Friday 2 December – Tuesday 13 December 2022 offers both these great styles in a curated selection of four casks as follows:

Box Swedish Single Malt Cask – Distilled 07/01/2013 Refill Sherry Hogshead. Estimate: £13,000-17,000.
Box Swedish Single Malt Cask – Distilled 19/12/2014 Refill Sherry Hogshead. Estimate: £10,000-15,000.
Box Swedish Single Malt Cask – Distilled 13/11/2013 Bourbon Barrel. Estimate: £8,500-12,500.
Box Swedish Single Malt Cask – Distilled 17/12/2014 Charred American Oak. Estimate: £8,000-10,000.

Diego Lanza, Bonhams Senior Whisky Specialist, said: “High Coast puts the spotlight on quality single malts produced outside Scotland. Their visionary Distillery Manager and Master Brewer Roger Melander set out to create the best Swedish whisky with the precision of the Japanese whisky craft and the strong character of Scotch single malts. The eclectic casks selection in the sale demonstrate how he succeeded in creating a versatile and well-rounded single malt, and we are delighted to be featuring four of High Coast’s distinctive casks of single malt in the sale.”

Other highlights of the sale, which consists of 82 lots, include:

Macallan-Glenlivet 22 year old. This very rare malt was distilled during the Roaring Twenties and bottled in the early 1940s making it a true Macallan time capsule. Estimate: £6,000-9,000. 

Yamazaki 1984. Bottled in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of Yamazaki as a single malt whisky by the house of Suntory, this particular expression is regarded by many collectors and connoisseurs as the best Yamazaki ever produced, and one of the essential single malts ever made in Japan – the quintessential Japanese single malt. Estimate: £13,000-18,000. 

The sale also offers a selection of desirable independent bottlings: 

Ardbeg-1973. One of the rarest Ardbeg independent bottlings made by the Wine Society, it is estimated at £2,000-3,000. 

Longmorn-39 year old-1969. This is one of the most coveted Longmorn single malts ever to be bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. Estimate: £3,000-3,800. 

Glen Mhor-11 year old.  An ancient bottling of the lost distillery of Glen Mhor from Harvey’s of Bristol. Estimate: £1,300-2,500.>

Sale: Fine Whisky and SpiritsLocation: OnlineDate: Friday 2 – Tuesday 13 December

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