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Best of the Rest

The world’s most expensive bottle of whisky, a Master award for a 25 year old highland malt, and a new distillery almost as far north as you can go, all make this week’s R&B whisky best of the rest…

Dear Drams

The world’s most expensive bottle of whisky has been valued by website Wine-Searcher at £22,551. The distillery receiving this accolade is Balvenie for their 50 year old Speyside single malt whisky released in 2014. Wine-Searcher’s top five includes:

  1. The Macallan Lalique 62 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speside – Highlands
  2. Glenfiddich 50 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
  3. The Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
  4. Glenfarclas John Grant 60 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
Balvenie 50 yo

Image via Wine-Searcher

Malt Masters 

Ian Macleod Distillers’ Glengoyne 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has received a Master Award at the 2015 Asian Spirits Masters. Take a look at the tempting tasting notes for what the judges described as a “true gem”:

Colour:  Bright amber

Nose:    Red fruits, old leather and brown sugar

Taste:    Soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang

Finish:   Very long, with spicy liquorice, slowly drying

Tasting notes via glengoyne.com

A New ‘Most Northerly’ Distillery

This week our friends at the Shetland Distillery Company announced the launch of their four new single malt, casks strength Scotch whiskies. The company’s distillery already produces Shetland Reel Gin, and aims to eventually have its own whisky production facility. This would be the first of its kind in Shetland and take the title of Scotland’s most northerly distillery from Highland Park in Orkney.

Shetland Reel Whisky

Image via Sheland Reel Gin twitter

The new whiskies are part of a ‘Bottled in Shetland’ range, with these four being distilled in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire and bottled in Unst where the company plan to eventually construct their own distillery.

All 21 bottles of the peated whisky aged in a German virgin oak cask have already been pre-sold at £130 each. The rest of the collection – 151 bottles will go on sale from September 1st for £100 per bottle.