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Lot 9 H.Persse Ltd 4 year old Galway Whisky, Nun's Island Distillery, bottled 1901-1915
Result: Sold
Hammer Price: €5,250
Bid History: 24 Bids
Distillery: H.Persse
Country: Ireland
Age: 4 years
Condition: Lot condition is very good as per the photographs, particularly considering that the bottle is over 100 years old.
Estimate: €4,500 - €5,000
Description: At its peak, in the late 1800s, the output at the Nun's Island Distillery reached 400,000 gallons per annum, and with a workforce of over 100, the distillery was one of the largest local employers. The Persse family involvement with the alcohol trade began about the year 1800 when Henry Stratford Persse and Robert Persse established a porter brewery at Newcastle, Galway. The brewery was initially successful but sadly eventually went bankrupt. The distillery itself operated from at least 1815, and possibly as early as the late 1700s. In 1840, Burton Persse purchased the distillery, producing single pot still whiskey known as Persse's Galway Whiskey. The whiskey was sold locally in Connacht, where for much of the 1800s, Nun's Island was the only licensed distillery. However, it was also exported, and is said to have been sold to the British House of Commons, a fact proudly noted on their labels. The distillery closed in 1915, we believe this is one of the last surviving bottles made before the distillery closed. To our knowledge only one of these has been to auction before - ten years ago it sold for £3,300 at an auction based in Scotland. A unicorn bottle for sure.
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