01 April 2011
UK online retailers and independent bottlers Master of Malt have just announced the launch of the oldest and most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky ever released. The incredible spirit, which was discovered 8 months ago by a Scottish historian, has been launched with a price tag of £870,000, making it the most expensive spirit in history.
The 105 year old whisky was distilled on the 17th February 1906 at the Aisla T’Orten distillery in the Highlands. A catastrophic fire destroyed the buildings after just one day of operation, though a single ceremonial cask survived intact. The cask, a sherry butt, has spent the majority of the past century in the basement of Aberdeen-based historian, Allie Sisell. Mr Sisell contacted Master of Malt in 2010, and sold the cask for an undisclosed sum later in the year. The whisky was bottled in early 2011 after 105 years in cask.
Master of Malt’s Sales Director, Ben Ellefsen, explains the company’s hopes for the whisky: “We sincerely hope that the lucky buyer of this whisky will enjoy and savour it, rather than let it languish in a presentation case.”
“As with all our bottlings, from our 8 year old Blend right the way through to our 50 year old Speyside Single Malt, we've left out the extra cost incurred by fancy packaging. The fact that this whisky is on sale for almost a million pounds is a direct reflection of its unique provenance, and the cost of the construction of the distillery in the early part of the twentieth century in order to produce, sadly, just one bottle of unique spirit.”
About the whisky…
- Distilled 17th February 1906 at the Aisla T’Orten distillery in the Western Highlands
- Cask: Sherry Butt with an outturn of just one bottle
- Bottled 8th March 2011
You can read more about Aisla T’Orten 105 Year Old 1906 “Liquid History” on the Master of Malt blog:
Or you can view the bottle here:
About Master of Malt
- Established in 1985
- One of the UK’s leading Online Spirits Merchants
- A highly rated independent bottler, all of whose single cask whiskies scored over 90 points in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2009
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