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World's oldest malt whisky ($15,000 a bottle) goes on sale
DAILYMAIL ^ | 12th March 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter

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 ...


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1 posted on 03/12/2010 7:10:30 AM PST by envisio
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To: envisio


"Somebody asked what I was drinking, if the company that made the stuff I was drinking was paying me, I'd have in their bottle and not mine. But it's the kind of scotch that people drink that are going to die penniless."
2 posted on 03/12/2010 7:15:54 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: envisio

Lots of ice and mixed with some cola, it should be pretty good.


3 posted on 03/12/2010 7:17:04 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: sionnsar

Ping!


4 posted on 03/12/2010 7:17:35 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: count-your-change

Mixed with cola!!!! you’re a barbarian, philistine, etc. etc. —> welcome to the club :-P


5 posted on 03/12/2010 7:18:51 AM PST by Cronos (Philipp2:12, 2Cor5:10, Rom2:6, Matt7:21, Matt22:14, Lu12:42-46,John15:1-10,Rev2:4-5,Rev22:19)
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To: envisio
'We believe Mortlach 70 Years Old is a malt without comparison.

In other words, there is nothing special about it except for the price.

6 posted on 03/12/2010 7:20:51 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: envisio

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.


7 posted on 03/12/2010 7:21:50 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: count-your-change

“”””Lots of ice and mixed with some cola, it should be pretty good.””””

...out of a plastic Solo cup.


8 posted on 03/12/2010 7:23:00 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: absolootezer0

ping

Whats the oldest you’ve poured?


9 posted on 03/12/2010 7:23:58 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: envisio

New stock for the galley on Nancy’s plane?


10 posted on 03/12/2010 7:24:10 AM PST by digger48
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To: count-your-change

LOL


11 posted on 03/12/2010 7:24:23 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: envisio

IIRC, some cases of whiskey were discovered in Antarctica from the Shackleton expedition. That stuff would be about 40 or 50 years older then.


12 posted on 03/12/2010 7:26:05 AM PST by printhead
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To: Moonman62

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?


13 posted on 03/12/2010 7:26:21 AM PST by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I’m a beer man but I will occasionally dab a little Southern Comfort or VO.


14 posted on 03/12/2010 7:26:22 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

At what point (in years) does the quality actually start to decline?


15 posted on 03/12/2010 7:27:24 AM PST by Dansong
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To: printhead
Ya, but it stops aging when in glass. Unique for sure but nothing like setting in a barrel for 50 years.
16 posted on 03/12/2010 7:28:03 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: printhead; envisio
IIRC, some cases of whiskey were discovered in Antarctica from the Shackleton expedition. That stuff would be about 40 or 50 years older then.

Once Scotch is taken out of the casks and bottled the aging stops.

17 posted on 03/12/2010 7:28:53 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: printhead

Were they bottled? This stuff was aged in the barrel and just recently bottled.


18 posted on 03/12/2010 7:29:42 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: printhead

True its older, however it doesn’t age in the bottle!

I wouldn’t pay for it but I bet its exceptional!


19 posted on 03/12/2010 7:29:51 AM PST by JohnD9207 (REGISTERED RIGHT WING THUG!)
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To: Quix

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.


20 posted on 03/12/2010 7:31:22 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: envisio; tx_eggman

I was thinking wax-paper Dixie cups, myself...

I can’t afford an entire Solo cup’s worth...


21 posted on 03/12/2010 7:31:55 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: antiRepublicrat

“”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.


22 posted on 03/12/2010 7:34:45 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: envisio

While smoking a Phillie Blunt cigar!


23 posted on 03/12/2010 7:36:25 AM PST by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: envisio

This is truly for the man who has everything already. Just a vanity object.


24 posted on 03/12/2010 7:37:02 AM PST by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: printhead

If they were bottled, then that doesn’t count. It has to age in the cask. It’s the wood that mellows it.


25 posted on 03/12/2010 7:37:11 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: envisio
I'd put a nipple on it and 'drank' it right from the bottle :-)

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 ;-)


26 posted on 03/12/2010 7:39:24 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Hmmm, buy a new car or get a bottle of scotch.

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 ....

27 posted on 03/12/2010 7:42:03 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar
I'd take a sip of wine from the Holy Grail :-)


28 posted on 03/12/2010 7:45:19 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: envisio
Whats the oldest you’ve poured?

poured or drank? bought some glenmoragnie 30 year about a year ago that ran around $40/ shot. had some belvenie 21 last week. my typical is 15-18. don't think i've served anything more than 20. i've poured some much older wines, champagnes, and ports tho.
29 posted on 03/12/2010 7:46:11 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: printhead

big difference if its bottled or still in the cask.


30 posted on 03/12/2010 7:48:02 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: Hodar
“say Iocaine Powder”

INCONCIEVABLE!

31 posted on 03/12/2010 7:48:05 AM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: absolootezer0

Mine typically is aged one to two weeks as noted by the “born on date” on the bottom of the can.


32 posted on 03/12/2010 7:48:29 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: absolootezer0

I figgered you had drank some pretty fancy liquors but I knew you probably poured some even fancier for a few high rolling customers.


33 posted on 03/12/2010 7:50:26 AM PST by envisio (My wife don't care if I smell like welding rods and gasoline. She actually kinda likes it.)
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To: envisio

Hmmmmm interesting.

Asti Spumanti works well enough for me.

Thanks.

There’s similarly teas in Hong Kong that go for say $4,000/cup.


34 posted on 03/12/2010 7:53:34 AM PST by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: envisio

Out of a old coffee mug from under the truck seat will work too. The alcohol ought to kill the bad stuff, right?


35 posted on 03/12/2010 8:01:54 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: envisio

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.


36 posted on 03/12/2010 8:02:02 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: Cronos

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.


37 posted on 03/12/2010 8:07:48 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Constitution Day

I thought you might appreciate this... Malt whiskey 70 years in the cask.


38 posted on 03/12/2010 8:13:09 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Trajan88

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.


39 posted on 03/12/2010 8:15:09 AM PST by heylady
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To: Dansong

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.


40 posted on 03/12/2010 8:17:46 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: printhead

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.


41 posted on 03/12/2010 8:18:15 AM PST by hoagy62 (.)
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To: count-your-change

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.


42 posted on 03/12/2010 8:19:54 AM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Huck
While smoking a Phillie Blunt cigar!

Wring the scotch out of an old dishrag into your mouth, and chase it with some Cheetos.

43 posted on 03/12/2010 8:22:01 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly hittin' it without looking at the picture since 1999.)
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To: Oberon; Tijeras_Slim
Oberon,
Thank you so much! I'm sure I will never be able to afford this whisky, but I can imagine that it's pure ambrosia. How have you been?

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.

44 posted on 03/12/2010 8:33:40 AM PST by Constitution Day (Get over it.)
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To: envisio
I just love a tasty beverage.


45 posted on 03/12/2010 8:35:36 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: envisio; Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro
This liquid gold is £10,000 per bottle or $15,192.21 USD.

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.

46 posted on 03/12/2010 8:42:28 AM PST by Constitution Day (Get over it.)
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To: heylady
A friend of mine went to Mexico about 4 years ago... I asked him to buy me a bottle of Blue Label... was about $110 there (vs $200+ here). I haven't opened that bottle yet. I keep telling everyone that I won't open it until my Texas A&M Aggie football team wins a National Championship. Their last NC was in '39 (when I was negative 26 years old). I hope I'm not 6' under when they win their second... hopefuly coach Sherman can work his magic.

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 :-).

47 posted on 03/12/2010 8:44:57 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Constitution Day

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.


48 posted on 03/12/2010 8:45:24 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon
I probably would too. Can you imagine?

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. :)

49 posted on 03/12/2010 8:53:48 AM PST by Constitution Day (Get over it.)
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To: Moonman62

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.


50 posted on 03/12/2010 9:18:22 AM PST by dmz
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