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World’s oldest whisky unveiled

india Updated: Mar 26, 2010 02:11 IST

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A Scottish whisky firm on Thursday unveiled bottles of what it claims is the oldest single malt whisky in the world, having spent the best part of a century inside an oak barrel.

Gordon and MacPhail’s Mortlach 70-Year-Old Speyside was sampled at a launch party in Edinburgh Castle, where it was escorted through the doors by pipers and a military escort.“It matured for 70 years in the cask and that is what makes it the oldest whisky in the world,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

The whisky was filled into its cask on October 15, 1938. There will only be 54 full-size bottles priced at 10,000 pounds each, with another 162 smaller bottles on sale for 2,000 pounds. It has been bottled in a “tear shaped, hand-blown” crystal decanter with a silver stopper.