A bottle of Gordon & MacPhail’s Glen Grant 72-year-old whisky will be auctioned alongside a single one-off NFT artwork at Bonhams on May 20th at 11:00GMT.
The NFT artwork honors Hong Kong in 1948, the year the whisky was first put into its cask.
Harry Harrison, the famed South China Morning Post artist whose contentious sketches have caught the unique essence of Hong Kong over the years, designed the artwork. It also marks the first time Harrison’s work has been minted as an NFT.
Two very exceptional Japanese whiskies, the Yamakazi 50 and 55, will be available for purchase, both of which are must-haves for any serious collector, as well as the Holy Grail of Scottish Single Malts, the Glen Grant 1948, which was just named “Best Cask in the World” in the 2022 Whisky Bible. It also broke the world record for the most expensive Glen Grant whisky ever sold at auction, where it fetched HK￥421,000 (around $3,800 at the time) at Bonhams HK in 2021.
“This time, with a world-first NFT artwork attached, we think it likely that the previous record for a single bottle of the rare Glen Grant 72-year-old single malt will be exceeded and could even reach HK$1m,” stated Daniel Lam, Director of Fine and Rare Wines and Whisky at Bonhams.
The NFT, which has been minted alongside this extremely rare bottle, is the inaugural initiative of Meta Malts, a newly created Hong Kong company that wants to bring the premium whisky market into “the metaverse” by launching a Hong Kong-based crypto exchange for rare whisky token trading.
“Our aim ultimately is to bring the realm of investment in fine and rare whisky to a much wider audience through tokenization, allowing many more whisky enthusiasts to own a share of the world’s rarest malts” said founder of Meta Malts and CEO Nicholas Breton.
“We knew from day one that we had picked a great whisky. Leading the team of experts choosing the cask, Charles MacLean could not have been more fulsome in its praise, so we are especially grateful to our friends at Gordon & MacPhail, the expert creators and custodians of this special cask all these years. It only remained for us to give it the Premier Whisky star treatment commensurate with its quality and prestige—and of course, its inherent value,” says Bob McNab, Managing Director of Premier Whisky, the whisky production specialist behind this rare bottle.