Dram fine price for rare Scotch in a gold bottle sold at auction in Edinburgh
A rare bottle of whisky decorated with precious metal from Scotland’s only gold mine has sold for a whopping £39,000 at an auction in Edinburgh
The last bottle of The Glenrothes 50-year-old Single Malt Scotch was snapped up by an anonymous bidder when it went under the hammer at auction on February 19.
The rare bottle is housed in a handcrafted decanter decorated with 22 carat gold from Scotland's only gold mine.
It has an engraved Scottish gold collar with "The 50TH of 50" on the neck of the bottle.
Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winning bidder.
The auction was presented by Charles Graham-Campbell of Bonhams and hosted by former Royal Marine commando, Strictly Come Dancing star and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, and was held as a virtual event.
The Glenrothes' master whisky maker Laura Rampling said: "We're incredibly proud to have worked with Hamilton & Inches to create this stunning decanter and celebrate this milestone in our history.
"While this is the last of our 50-year-old, we have more exciting releases coming later this year and during 2022.
"These include exclusive Single Casks, a new 40-year-old collection and some very special limited bottlings."
Jonathan Payne, managing director at Hamilton & Inches, added: "We are thrilled to have partnered with The Glenrothes for this project which is a true testament of craftsmanship.
"Scottish gold is a rare and extremely special material and has been a fitting way to honour The Glenrothes 50-Year-Old."
The successful bidder will also receive an exclusive invite to The Glenrothes Highland Estate to meet the distillery team.