Distilled Over 180 Years Ago, World’s Oldest Whiskey Is Found In A Castle In Scotland

A rare collection of whiskey bottles which have been distilled over 180 years ago have been discovered in a castle in Scotland.

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Distilled Over 180 Years Ago, World’s Oldest Whiskey Is Found In A Castle In Scotland

A rare collection of whiskey bottles was found in a castle in Scotland. According to the reports, a collection of whiskey bottles that are thought to have been distilled more than 180 years ago were discovered by mistake at Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. It is said to be one of the greatest discoveries of recent times and is also probably the world’s oldest whiskey. 

World’s Oldest Whiskey Is Found In Scotland

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Late in 2022, resident trustee Bertie Troughton of Blair Castle happened to find about forty bottles in a cellar room. The whiskey was casked and distilled in 1833; it was bottled in 1841, according to the ‘bin book,’ which recorded the inventory.  If verified, this discovery would establish the record for the oldest whiskey ever discovered. 

Located in the center of the Atholl Estates, Blair Castle has a lengthy history as the Duke of Atholl’s customary residence, dating back to 1269. During the mid-1800s, the castle hosted a young Queen Victoria, who was well-known for her friendship with the 6th Duchess of Atholl. Records indicate that she drank whiskey during her visit, suggesting that the Queen and her spouse, Prince Albert, may have relished the recently found whiskey.

Joe Wilson, head curator and spirits specialist at Whisky Auctioneer, says the Blair Castle whisky find is historic for everyone interested in Scotland, its history, and culture. It is also noteworthy for whisky enthusiasts.

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Latest Discovery To Surpass Records

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According to all accounts, the Blair Castle family and a Scottish local expert tasted the whisky before getting in touch with the specialists to determine exactly what they had. Wilson eventually realized that the Blair Castle whisky might be the real stuff, but it wasn’t easy to come by as the arduous process went on.

Wilson and The Whisky Auctioneer crew were unable to locate conclusive verification of the bottling date, despite closely collaborating with the castle’s archivist to gather documents supporting the declared vintage, but the trail was far from dead.

According to Guinness World Records, Baker’s Pure Rye Whiskey, which dates back to 1847, was once the oldest whiskey in existence. That record has been surpassed, though, by the Blair Castle discovery.  (As per Times Travel)

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Online Auction Of The Bottles

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There will probably be an online auction in November with 24 of these bottles up for bid; the projected price per bottle is 10,000 pounds.

The auction will be conducted by Perth-based Whiskey Auctioneer, who views it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It has been reported that the remaining bottles will be on display for guests to see inside the castle. 

Whiskey Auctioneer’s head curator and spirits specialist, Joe Wilson, called the chance to sell these bottles “extraordinary.” Co-founder of Kythe Distillery and expert on vintage and rare whiskies, Angus MacRaild, considered the whisky tasting to be a wonderful honor. He highlighted the unique provenance and preservation value of this Scottish distillation artifact.

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