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Sunday, October 22, 2006

World's Oldest Whisky on Auction Block

A bottle of Scotch from a distillery that closed in 1858 will be auctioned next month in London. The bottle of Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky Bottled by the Distillers is more than 150 years old and is being sold by Bonhams Auctioneers for a woman from Northern Ireland who says the bottle has been handed down in her family for generations.

Bonhams has estimated the bottle of whisky will sell for around $19,000.

The Glenavon Distillery was operated by John G. Smith between 1852 and 1858, then consolidated with Smith's nearby Glenlivet Distillery. The olive-green glass bottle is full and is slightly smaller than today's standard 750 ml bottles.

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