Oldest Whiskies on the Planet
When it comes to whisky, Scotland is undoubtedly the true king whether it is blended or single malt. Thankfully, the industry is saved from the economic uncertainties that the Independence Referendum posed to them, for us to enjoy ‘water of life’ for a while to come.
There is little known about the oldest existing bottles of whisky but there are distilleries and distributors who have with them. Our basis of selecting these bottles is the age of the liquid that they hold within. This list is no way a comprehensive one, as we are sure there are many others which can easily join it.
Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky
According to Guinness Book of World Records Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky is the oldest bottle of whisky available today. It is said to have been bottled somewhere between 1851 and 1858 by Glenavon Distillery in Ballindoch, Scotland. There is no hard proof as to the age of the whisky. The green bottle holds around 400 ml of whisky with a driven cork and white lead capsule embossed ‘Glenavon’ on sides and Special Liqueur’ on top. It was auctioned off at Bonhams in London in 2006 for £14850.
Not much is known about Glenavon Distillery either, except that it was licensed to John G Smith in 1852 who was the son of George Smith, owner of Glenlivet Distillery.
Mortlach 70 year old Speyside
In 2010, British single malt specialist Gordon & Macphail introduced Mortlach 70 year old single malt Scotch. All 54 full-size decanters were sold out within 2 weeks of the launch. It costed £10000 each while 162 smaller bottles were priced at £2500. The whisky is packaged in a teardrop shaped hand blown decanter with a silver stopper; it is part of the Generations series.
The whisky was filled into a sherry cask made of Spanish oak in 1938 by John Urquhart, the then owner of Gordon & Macphail.
Glenlivet 1940 70 year old
In 2011, Gordon & Macphail launched 2nd of their Generations series, Glenlivet.1940 70 year old from Cask 339. The first batch had only 100 full sized bottles priced at £13000 each. The whisky, distilled at The Glenlivet distillery, was laid down in 1940 in first fill sherry cask by John Urquhart. After the success of the first launch the remainder from the cask was bottled and released in 2012.
Dalmore Trinitas 64 year old
There are only 3 bottles of this whisky which contain spirits going back 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. In the last 2 years it was oak aged in American white oak cask. This cask was prepped by soaking it in Dalmore whisky and then filling it with 2 Sherries – Matusalem Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez – from the house of Gonzalez Byass.
These bottles were introduced in the market in 2010 with a hefty price tag attached to it; one bottle is priced at £100000. If the amber liquid is sold by the glass, each glass would cost £20000.
Featured Image: Glenlivet 1940 70 year old bottle first released by Gordon & Macphail in 2011.