An $85K bottle of whisky broke a Scottish auction record


Last Wednesday, in bonnie-wee-Scotland, a bottle of rare Glenfiddich single malt was sold at the Bonhams Whisky Auction for a record breaking £68,500 (roughly $85,000).

Glenfiddich 64-year-old 1937 (Image Credit : Bonhams)
Glenfiddich 64-year-old 1937 (Image Credit : Bonhams)

The single cask whisky – one of just 61 existing bottles – was originally distilled in 1937, the same year George VI was crowned king of England, Amelia Earhart disappeared above the Pacific, and the Hindenburg blimp blew up over New Jersey. Forbes report that it was then bottled 64 years later in 2001, as part of Glenfiddich’s Rare Collection series.

The price is the highest paid at auction for a bottle of Glenfiddich and a Scottish auction house record for the sale of a single malt.

Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said in a press release, “The record price reflects the exceptional rarity of the Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 and its great appeal to collectors everywhere.”

According to Glenfiddich, it tastes of, “burnt heather, tender poached pears in chocolate toffee. Raisins, cinnamon and cloves. A trace of leather and dark roasted coffee”. [Forbes]