Wednesday, November 29, 2006
World's Oldest Whisky Sells for $28,895 at London Auction
A bottle of Scotch that experts claim could be the oldest in the world has sold in London this evening for $28,895 to an anonymous bidder. The Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky was put up for sale at Bonhams Auction House by an Irish woman who said it had been in her family for generations.
Glenavon, which was located in Banffshire, operated during the 1850s before it was absorbed into The Glenlivet Distillery. Estimates are that the Glenavon was bottled between 1851 and 1858. Some questioned whether the bottle was produced at the original distillery or later, after the consolidation, at the site of the present Glenlivet facility. In either case, whisky experts believe it was produced no later than the 1870s, making it an extremely rare Scotch.
The 14-ounce green bottle was said to appear to have been full and unopened. The whisky created interest among collectors around the globe and the auction house was ready to accept bids from the United States and Asia.