Finding ‘the world’s oldest whisky’ in a castle cellar brings wealth | strange

At the end of last year, a very old whiskey was discovered in the cellar of Blair Castle in Scotland, which had been distilled in 1833. This makes it the oldest (Scottish) whiskey still in existence. So far, 24 bottles of it have been sold at auction for no less than 385,630 pounds, equivalent to 449,606 euros.


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A good story is worth a lot, and there are some nice facts surrounding this whisky. It was found behind a hidden cellar door and was probably tasted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They spent three weeks at the castle in 1844 and, according to minutes from that time, actually drank whiskey there.

Research into the castle archives and carbon dating effectively point it to the early 19th century, when other spirits were distilled at the castle in addition to whisky.


Whiskey expert Angus McRyld was allowed to taste the whisky. “This is a truly historic whiskey and a wonderful remnant of Scottish distilling that will probably never be equaled in terms of provenance and preservation,” he says.

“To have it carefully repackaged and stored with a natural strength, preserving the freshness and potency of this spirit for nearly two centuries, is frankly astonishing.”

In total, about 40 bottles were found. A few of these are on display.

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