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It’s a trend! Paying £100,000 ($156k) for a rare single malt

on 10/12/11 at 2:15 pm


FIVE years ago, had someone asked me if a bottle of whisky would ever sell for £100,000, after I’d stopped laughing I’d not only have said they were barking up the wrong tree, I’d have assumed they were howling like a mad dog in entirely the wrong forest!

The truth of the matter is I would have been the one left in the wilderness with nothing but that fabled wrong tree for company.

Around three years ago a rumour started circulating that there would be a bottle of whisky put on the market for this vast amount of money. The whisperings continued – would it be an antique bottle from the 1800s? Would it be a 100-year-old whisky from a recently unearthed cask?

Neither of these was correct. Last year the Dalmore released what has now become a modern icon of whisky… Trinitas. Three bottles of 64-year-old single malt, each for a mere £100,000!

As expected, numerous eyebrows were raised with cries of “ridiculous” and “overpriced” echoing through the world of whisky. It seems the doubters were wrong. The first two bottles of Trinitas sold upon release, with the third and final bottle retailing through Harrods. This final bottle didn’t sell for £100,000; it sold for £120,000 to an anonymous American businessman.

THAT in itself set a new world record for the most expensive bottle of Scotch ever retailed. This record wasn’t to last long. Earlier this year Dalmore broke its own record with a bottle known as Drew Sinclair (named after an ex-distillery manager). This was the last bottle of 12 released in 2002 and it went for… wait for it… £125,000. This bottle sold through Singapore Airport to another “anonymous businessman”, this time from China.

When you’re buying that type of whisky, don’t be anonymous; share it with like-minded whisky fans. I’d happily take a dram with you! However, I suspect the bottle was not bought to be opened, rather to be kept as an investment.

Dalmore isn’t all about ultra-rare, mortgage-redeemingly expensive whisky. It’s about great (affordable) Scotch and Highland history.



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