A dear dram

Location: Europe, Scotland

A bottle of Glenfiddich has broken the world record for the most expensive ever sold at auction, at a staggering £46,850. The 55 year old single malt was released in celebration of Janet Sheed Roberts’ 110th birthday in August 2011: Sheed Roberts is the grand-daugher of Glenfiddich founder William Grant, and also the oldest person in Scotland. The bottle in question is the first of only 11 which will ever be put on sale to the public.

The sale was held at Bonhams in Edinburgh, the auction house’s head of whisky, Martin Green commented, ‘This is the most valuable whisky we have ever auctioned here in Edinburgh… The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve is certainly worth every penny it raised at auction – the whisky is of the highest standard, as is the outstanding craftsmanship which has gone into producing the stunning packaging. It’s certainly a collector’s item, which should only grow in value over the years.’

The proceeds from the sale are being donated to WaterAid, a charity providing safe, clean water and sanitation to people across the globe. Glenfiddich chairman, Peter Gordon explained the selection of this cause, ‘[This whisky is] a truly remarkable liquid, which would be impossible to make without the purity of Robbie Dhu spring water. It seems fitting to use our most special whisky to raise money for such a special charity.’

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