Enough to make a grown man cry.posted by Jazz at 2/26/2005 11:01:00 AM
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Last bottle of world's oldest single malt whisky leaves Scotland.
LONDON (AFP) - The last remaining bottle of the world's oldest single malt whisky left its distillery in Scotland bound for Hong Kong, where it will be the star attraction at an airport shop.
The bottle of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937, left to mature in a cask for 64 years before being bottled, is heading for Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok Airport, where it will be available for a well-heeled buyer, but only at a steep cost.
Previous bottles sold direct by the family-owned Glenfiddich Distillery fetched 10,000 pounds (14,500 euros, 19,000 dollars) each, but the price levied by the airport is expected to be higher still.
"There are a lot of mixed emotions here," said the distillery's "malt master" David Stewart of the bottle, claimed as the oldest single malt whisky in the world.
"On the one hand, we're extremely proud of having produced a whisky of such a fantastic quality that's stood the test of time and on the other, there's a tinge of sadness at saying goodbye."
Disclosure: I'm not a Scotch drinker. I hold nothing against Scotch drinkers... it's just one of those "acquired tastes" which I never managed. When it comes to whisky (or whiskey for you Americans) I prefer Jack Daniels, Seagrams, Knobb Creek, or one of a few others.
Just as often, though, if hard liquor is on the bill, I'll lean towards a martini mixed with good quality gin.
I am familiar, however, with the obsessions that Scotch drinkers can develop. The wars rage between the single malt and blended camps, and I've seen arguments go on for hours over the relative merits of various imported bottles of liquid with names that I can't pronounce, say nothing of spell.
Still, $19K for a single bottle of hooch is pretty much beyond what I can comprehend. If you have Warren Buffet type money, then sure. You can throw it away. But for most people, spending more on one bottle of booze than many hard working people spend on their cars is rather nuts.
That said, if it were offered, I'd have to give it a try. As John Travolta said in Pulp Fiction, "I just had to know what a five dollar milkshake tastes like. That's God damned good. I don't know if it's worth five dollars, but it's fucking good."