50-year-old Glenlivet whisky sold for record-breaking price

The coveted Bottle No. 3 from The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1964. Photo: Pernod Ricard Malaysia

How much are you willing to pay for a bottle of 50 Year Old Scotch whisky? Well, for four Malaysian whisky lovers, the price was RM96,000, which was the winning bid in the online auction for the coveted Bottle No. 3 from The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1964, and the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of single malt whisky in Malaysia.

Only 100 bottles of this rare whisky exists, and only a single bottle was released to Malaysia and sold via an online auction that lasted 50 days and ended on June 12.

The bottle eventually went to a collective of four members from the Glenlivet Guardians whisky community.

“It was definitely a tight race. We knew there were several others vying for it. It is a great bottle, a rare collector’s item and we are extremely pleased to have won it. We do not know when we will be opening it, so for now we would like to savour the thought of being the ‘Guardians’ of this special bottle. When we do actually open the bottle, it will definitely be a unique occasion,” said one of the four Guardians, whom all declined to be named.

“It’s not often that Malaysia is presented with such a unique bottle of whisky, so when we heard that it was available, we decided to go for it,” said another.

The winning bidders will also be enjoying a personalised trip for two to Scotland which includes a tour of The Glenlivet distillery, compliments of Pernod Ricard Malaysia.

Bidders had to register as a Guardian on the online bidding site which at the end of the auction, had over 200 registrations.

The Malaysian chapter of The Guardians was formed through a series of “taste and discover” events which included pairing whisky with gourmet coffee, aged beef tasting and even, a haircut at the oldest barbershop in the world whilst sipping a dram.


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