Skip to comments.World's oldest malt whisky ($15,000 a bottle) goes on sale
Posted on 03/12/2010 7:10:30 AM PST by envisio
The world's oldest malt whisky - costing up to £10,000 a bottle - went on sale today.
The Mortlach 70-year-old Speyside was sampled by a select group of tasters at a ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.
Bottles of the rare piece of Scotland's 'liquid history' have now hit the market.
Only 54 full-size bottles, costing £10,000 each, and 162 smaller bottles at £2,500 have been made available.
The whisky has been released under Gordon and MacPhail's Generations brand.
It was filled into its cask on October 15 1938 on the order of John Urquhart, the grandfather of the firm's joint managing directors, David and Michael Urquhart.
Exactly 70 years later, the decision was made to empty the cask and bottle its contents. A bottle of Mortlach was piped into Edinburgh Castle today and tasted by guests in the Queen Anne Room.
David and Michael Urquhart today described it as a malt 'without comparison'.
They said: 'This is a very special day for us, one we've literally been anticipating for generations. 'Our family has been in the whisky business for a long time, with each generation building and handing on a lifetime's expertise to the next.
'We believe Mortlach 70 Years Old is a malt without comparison.
'If the reaction of those lucky enough to enjoy a dram today is anything to go by, whisky fans and people wishing to own a unique piece of Scotland's liquid history will be very excited about it.'
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Lots of ice and mixed with some cola, it should be pretty good.
Mixed with cola!!!! you’re a barbarian, philistine, etc. etc. —> welcome to the club :-P
In other words, there is nothing special about it except for the price.
Hmmm, buy a new car or get a bottle of scotch.
I’m still considering...
Given the difference between the 12 and 30 I’ve had, I can only imagine what 70 tastes like.
“”””Lots of ice and mixed with some cola, it should be pretty good.””””
...out of a plastic Solo cup.
Whats the oldest you’ve poured?
New stock for the galley on Nancy’s plane?
IIRC, some cases of whiskey were discovered in Antarctica from the Shackleton expedition. That stuff would be about 40 or 50 years older then.
That was kind of my impression.
Not being the least bit of even a more than the tiniest sip maybe once in 20 years . . . sort of partaker . . .
would it taste any different than paint thinner after all those years?
i.e. would there be ANY interesting flavor? Or is it all hype over the age?
I’m a beer man but I will occasionally dab a little Southern Comfort or VO.
At what point (in years) does the quality actually start to decline?
Once Scotch is taken out of the casks and bottled the aging stops.
Were they bottled? This stuff was aged in the barrel and just recently bottled.
True its older, however it doesn’t age in the bottle!
I wouldn’t pay for it but I bet its exceptional!
From the article::::’The spirit and the wood have inter-reacted beautifully over this long period of time.
‘It’s very exotic-tasting whisky made before the Second World War, but purely from a flavour perspective it is just astonishing, with layers of flavour which you really only get with long maturation.
I was thinking wax-paper Dixie cups, myself...
I can’t afford an entire Solo cup’s worth...
“”Hmmm, buy a new car or get a bottle of scotch.”””
That was my initial thought. Unless the bottle has four wheels, a V8 engine and can haul 7500lbs... I can’t use it.
While smoking a Phillie Blunt cigar!
This is truly for the man who has everything already. Just a vanity object.
If they were bottled, then that doesn’t count. It has to age in the cask. It’s the wood that mellows it.
Seriously... I'll savor my Johnnie Walker Blue Label + one cube of ice in a Steuben lead crystal old fashioned with a side of very cold filtered water ;-)
2 hours later, the car will still be on it's first tank of gas; as opposed to getting drained from someone else's.
Ain't nothing on heaven or earth that tastes so good it's worth as much as a decent car. That is, unless it's an antidote for some horrible poison .... say Iocaine Powder ....
big difference if its bottled or still in the cask.
Mine typically is aged one to two weeks as noted by the “born on date” on the bottom of the can.
I figgered you had drank some pretty fancy liquors but I knew you probably poured some even fancier for a few high rolling customers.
Asti Spumanti works well enough for me.
There’s similarly teas in Hong Kong that go for say $4,000/cup.
Out of a old coffee mug from under the truck seat will work too. The alcohol ought to kill the bad stuff, right?
some of the places i worked, yeah, selling $200-300 bottles of wine and champagne was pretty common.
i’m in a small town bar now tho. i’ve got a couple scotches and burbons that run $10/shot, but nothing truly fancy.
A nice cold bottle of your favorite cola from one of those cold water coolers down to the filling station, drink about half of it and top it off with that whiskey they’re selling.
Won’t hurt the cola a bit.
I thought you might appreciate this... Malt whiskey 70 years in the cask.
I bought my son a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue several years ago......should never have asked him what he wanted for Christmas. Fool that I was I thought he was going to drink it. When his first son was born I asked if he opened it. No, not yet. Second son, not yet. Finally 8 years later when his daughter was born he opened it. I also bought him Waterford DOUBLE old fashion glasses.
About as soon as it goes into one of those plastic milk jugs so it’s best aged until the jug is about half full.
I know they’re planning to hold onto many of the bottles for ‘historical purposes’, that is, put on exhibit.
However, they did say they were going to sell off/auction a few bottles of the Shackleton whiskey. When or where, I don’t know.
What Blasphemy. The only way to drink this is straight up in a fine cut crystal glass. No water or soda. It should be sipped and of course a fine expensive cigar would be perfect.
Wring the scotch out of an old dishrag into your mouth, and chase it with some Cheetos.
Slim...get over here, my friend!
Here's a link to a photo of the bottle. I am sure the mods will pull the photo posted above since it's from Getty Images.
Assuming this is a 750 ml bottle, that means ~ 25.36 ounces to the bottle.
That makes it about $600 an OUNCE! Amazing. Too rich for my blood.
I may re-think my proclamation and open that bottle when I get married... which means I need to hurry up and find the right girl :-).
You know, if I had $600 and the opportunity, I think I would sip an ounce of this whisky. After all, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The oldest Scotch I've ever tried was The Macallan, 25 year old.
It was truly breathtaking. I was at a trade show in San Diego and my boss bought it for me. Of course, I was not rude enough to ask how much it was. :)
I don’t know, not being a Scotch drinker.
But I do enjoy a Grand Marnier periodically after a fine dinner out, and having had the regular, the 50 and 150 year old Grand Marnier, I will say that the 150 year old stuff is smoother than silk and waaaaay more interesting than the younger stuff.
How that translates into Scotch, I have not the slightest idea.
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