CHRISTIE’S AND THE BALVENIE DEBUT ULTIMATE COLLECTION FOR WHISKY ENTHUSIASTS
Exclusive online auction lot to include latest chapter of The Balvenie DCS Compendium, a bespoke handcrafted Balvenie Morgan Roadster, and a trip to The Balvenie distillery.
The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Christie’s Auction House are set to debut a first-of-its-kind auction lot fit for a true whisky connoisseur. The curated offering includes The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4, an eponymous collection of five rare whiskies from the world’s longest-serving Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, a bespoke Morgan V8 Roadster, inspired by and hand-crafted with The Balvenie in mind, and a trip to Scotland for a behind-the-scenes tour of The Balvenie distillery.
The auction will be hosted on Christie’s online platform with bidding opening at 10 a.m. EST on September 25th, 2018 and closing at 10 a.m. EST on October 9, 2018. Featuring sought-after collector’s items and a unique experience at The Balvenie distillery, this iconic lot is a true testament to both brands’ dedication to quality and craftsmanship of the highest order.
“This is the first time The Balvenie has participated in an auction of this nature, and we’re thrilled to join forces with Christie’s to offer these incredibly outstanding rare whiskies, bespoke Morgan roadster and unique distillery experience to collectors, whisky enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship,” The Balvenie Brand Director Greg Levine said. “We are honored to be working closely with The Balvenie and delighted to bring this unique lot to sale. With an estimate at $100,000-$150,000, this is the highest value lot ever to be offered in this category for an online sale,” Christie’s
Under the tutelage of Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, The Balvenie will exclusively release one coveted set of the newly launched fourth chapter of its DCS Compendium as part of this auction lot. The Compendium celebrates the lifetime work of the Malt Master, with each chapter featuring five single cask single malts with their own unique story, presented in a bespoke Cherrywood and brass frame hand crafted by Scottish craftsman Sam Chinnery. This penultimate chapter of the collection is set to the theme of “Expecting the Unexpected,” and brings to life the mystery and magic inherent in whisky maturation. Despite nearly a lifetime at his post, David continues to enjoy, and even encourage the unusual and unexpected.
The two-seat roadster is comprised of a Tudor body style from Morgan Motor Company, artfully crafted with customized Balvenie branding on the headrest and interiors – the perfect addition to any whisky-lover’s collection. With its V8 engine and custom cream-beige body color, The Balvenie Morgan Roadster offers a piece of luxury that both whisky and auto enthusiasts alike can indulge in.
Beyond acquiring two incredible collectable items, the lucky auction winner will also enjoy a trip to Dufftown, Scotland. To complete the experience, the buyer will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour at The Balvenie distillery, where they can get a first-hand look at the five rare crafts that contribute to the whisky’s distinctive taste and personally experience the magic that goes into every drop. It is the only distillery in the world that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings, keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site, and employs the longest serving malt master in the industry – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
The online auction will take place between September 25 – October 9, 2018. Lot items will be available for viewing by appointment with Christie’s, with bids accepted in person at Christie’s and online for all bidders at www.christies.com/wineonline.