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Default Last bottle of the worlds oldest single malt Scotch leaves for HongKong

Last bottle of world's oldest single malt whisky leaves Scotland

Fri Feb 25,12:29 PM ET
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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.

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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."

Sky Connection, which operates shops at Hong Kong airport, has bought
the final six bottles of the 1937 malt, the last of which departed the
distillery on Friday.

As they are so rare, the bottles are being sent in two batches.

Just 61 bottles, described as having "chocolate and treacle" flavours,
were produced from the single cask and first released in 2001

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