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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Cash galore as whisky for oldest Scot is sold for £46,850

Rodney Jefferson

A bottle of Glenfiddich malt whisky produced to honour the oldest living Scot sold at auction this week in Edinburgh for £46,850 (€55,740), a European record.

The 55-year-old Scotch, sold by Bonhams in the Scottish capital, was one of 15 bottles of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, according to the auction catalogue.

The whisky, which was put into casks in 1955 and bottled last month, had a guide price of between £30,000 and £35,000 with all proceeds from the sale going to Water Aid.

"It's not often a whisky of this stature comes up at auction," Martin Green, the whisky specialist at Bonhams, said before the sale. "The rarity and quality of the liquid, the exquisite bespoke packaging and the story behind its creation makes this a collectible that's hard to value."

Janet Sheed Roberts is Scotland's oldest living person, at 110 years old. She lives next to the Glenfiddich distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is part of the Grant family that founded the whisky producer, according to Bonhams. Various whiskies have been sold previously to mark her recent birthdays.

A bottle from the Glenfiddich distillery, with whisky matured for 64 years, sold for £25,200 at Bonhams in Edinburgh on June 16, 2010. That price compared at the time with a world record of £29,400 for a bottle of Scotch set in Glasgow in 2007. (Bloomberg)

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