The world’s oldest whisky is 105 years old, distilled on 17 February 1906 at the Aisla T’Orten distillery in the Highlands. It is also world’s most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky ever released. British online spirits retailer, Master of Malt has launched this incredible spirit, which was discovered 8 months ago by a Scottish historian, with a price tag of £870,000 ($1.4 million).
A catastrophic fire destroyed the distillery after just one day of operation, though a single ceremonial cask survived intact. The cask, a sherry butt, has spent the majority of the past century in the basement of Aberdeen-based historian, Allie Sisell. Mr Sisell contacted Master of Malt in 2010, and sold the cask for an undisclosed sum later in the year. The Aisla T’Orten 105 Year Old 1906 Liquid History was bottled on March 8, 2011 after it spent 105 years in cask.
Master of Malt’s sales director Ben Ellefsen said the company hopes that the lucky buyer of this whisky will enjoy and savour it, rather than let it languish in a presentation case. As with all our bottlings, from our 8 year old Blend right the way through to our 50 year old Speyside Single Malt, we’ve left out the extra cost incurred by fancy packaging. The fact that this whisky is on sale for almost a million pounds is a direct reflection of its unique provenance, and the cost of the construction of the distillery in the early part of the twentieth century in order to produce, sadly, just one bottle of unique spirit.
Master of Malt were left with just 762ml of spirit after exhuming the contents. They have bottled 700ml of it, tasted 12ml, and have bottled the remaining 50ml for future generations.