Thursday 29 September 2016

Wexford bistro sells bottle of whiskey for €6,000

Published 27/05/2015 | 11:40

Greenacres owners Donal Morris and James O'Connor
Greenacres owners Donal Morris and James O'Connor

A Wexford restaurant is celebrating after it earned €6,000 for a single bottle of whiskey.

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The Greenacres bistro made the incredible sale after a customer was shown a very special bottle of Midleton Very Rare among its stock.

The premium blended Irish whiskey, as its name suggests, is produced in extremely limited quantities.

Retailing for around €149.99 a bottle, only 50 barrels are produced each year.

However, the bottle sold for €6,000 in Wexford this week is from a particular vintage of Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition, created to celebrate the brand’s 30 year anniversary.

“Just 117 bottles were produced,” said Donal Morris, owner of the Greenacres - who was awarded the 'Best Wine Experience in Leinster' at the 2015 Irish Restaurant Awards this week.

“And we were lucky enough to get our hands on two. I’ve sold a lot of expensive wine before but this [€6000] was the single biggest price I’ve seen anyone pay for one bottle.”

Mr Morris told Independent.ie that the buyer of the bottle had been in the previous week and had expressed an interest in whiskey.

Taking him through to Greenacre's collection, the restaurant has an adjoining retail outlet for wine and whiskey, the customer spotted the rare bottle and, Mr Morris said, could not pass up the opportunity to “own a piece of history”.

“This vintage is especially sought after because there’s only a few dozen bottles left.”

Mr Morris, who has experience in wine investment, said that there was a growing interest in Irish whiskey and that it was fast becoming big business.

“There’s a lot of buzz now around Irish brands,” he added.

For those with €6,000 burning a hole in their pocket, the Greenacres bistro still has another bottle of Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition for sale.

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