Rare bottle becomes one of the priciest whiskies ever

A rare bottle of Glenfiddich has sold at auction for 68,500.
A rare bottle of Glenfiddich has sold at auction for 68,500.
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A RARE bottle of Glenfiddich has become one of the most expensive whiskies ever sold after it fetched an “amazing” £68,500 at auction.

The Glenfiddich Collection 1937 was the highlight of Bonhams’ Whisky Sale in Edinburgh yesterday.

The “highly prized” single malt is the oldest and rarest bottling ever undertaken at the Glenfiddich Distillery. It was laid down in cask 843 in 1937 – the year of King George VI’s coronation – and bottled 64 years later, in 2001.

Due to its “exceptional rarity”, the 70cl bottle was expected to fetch £25,000-35,000. A bidding war among collectors from around the world saw the price soar.

The winning bid – from a private buyer in the Far East, bidding via the internet – drew gasps from the packed auction room. The £68,500 is the most ever paid for a whisky at auction in Scotland and equates to £3425 per measure.

Bonhams’ Whisky specialist Martin Green said: “There was a sense of amazement.”