Blair Castle’s World’s Oldest Whisky Discovery Sells for Over £385,000 at Auction
In a captivating revelation, the whisky world has been stirred by the recent discovery of 24 bottles of what is believed to be the ‘world’s oldest whisky’ hidden behind a cellar door in the historic Blair Castle, nestled in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland.
Rumoured to have graced the palate of Queen Victoria, these exceptional bottles have not only unlocked a piece of Scotch whisky history but have also left an indelible mark on the world of whisky. The 24 bottles sold for a combined total of £385,630 at an auction on the 4th December 2023.
The Unearthed Treasures
Distilled in 1833 and aged for a remarkable eight years, each bottle has become a time capsule, preserving the rich heritage of Scotch whisky craftsmanship. Found tucked away in the depths of Blair Castle, these treasures were recently put up for auction on the Whisky Auctioneer platform.
Watch this video from Atholl Estates which highlights the discovery:
The World’s Oldest Whisky Auction Results
The anticipation surrounding these rare finds reached a fever pitch as each bottle, originally listed at £10,000, surpassed all expectations.
The bidding war culminated in a record-breaking sale, with one exceptional bottle fetching an astounding £19,500 after receiving 37 spirited bids. In a testament to their historic value, every bottle met its reserve, selling at an impressive average price of £16,068.
The Exquisite Journey
The head curator and spirits specialist, Joe Wilson, shared his excitement, stating, “It’s been a privilege to work with Blair Castle and Atholl Estates to bring this incredible discovery to auction.” The meticulous collaboration involved various third-party scientific research institutes, unravelling the mysteries surrounding these historic bottles and the whisky within.
Future Exhibition at Blair Castle
A curated selection of these extraordinary bottles is poised to become the centrepiece of an exclusive exhibition at Blair Castle. It can be added to the list of places whisky enthusiasts can tour as they visit other whisky distillery tours in Scotland.
The Perfect Time for Whisky Enthusiasts
Blair Castle’s historic whisky discovery has rewritten the annals of Scotch whisky history but has also shows the interest in the industry from whisky enthusiasts.
We have also recently seen other signs of growing interest in whisky:
- The Macallan 1926 Adami breaks records at auction
- Distillers One of One whisky auction raises over £2.25 million
- The Bowmore ARC-52 sells for £225,000 at auction
- Another Bowmore has been auctioned in Paris
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