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Plan Now. World’s Greatest Whisky Event Returns To Vegas

on 18/01/13 at 1:31 pm


a1Whiskey lovers are a different breed. They tend to be the most passionate and adventurous of all spirits enthusiasts – after all they have a lot more to be adventurous and passionate about. There are no rare 50 year old vodkas and no one retraces the Antarctic footsteps of famed explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackelton to find and bring back a case of 19th century gin from the ice. They only do that for whisky, in this case Scotch whisky, recovering the expedition’s 1897 “supplies” and meticulously recreating it as Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky, which I wrote about here. It’s the kind of wacky thing whiskey fans ago for.

Whiskey passion burns hotter than ever – the past few years have seen record prices for whiskies at auction, with a bottle of 55 Year Old Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve – one of just eleven made – fetching $94,000 in 2012. That was a “normal” bottle and seems paltry compared to the 2010 Guinness World Records price set by a one-of-a-kind Lalique crystal decanter full of the Cire Perdue, at 64-years the oldest existing expression of the Macallan single malt. That went for $460,000 at Sotheby’s in New York City. That’s nearly half a million dollars for one bottle of Scotch.

Like I said, whiskey lovers are a different breed. And if you are one of them, you should seriously consider hopping a plane to Las Vegas next month for the world’s most unique whiskey love fest, the annual Universal Whisky Experience. I wrote about it in detail here last year, but it just keeps getting better.