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Stand by for a new whisky auction record

A very special bottle of Glenfiddich goes up for sale

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Stand by for a new whisky auction record

December 13 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

It takes a very special whisky to set a new world record, but the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, up for sale at Bonhams’ whisky auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday December 14, is expected to do just that, with Glenfiddich chairman Peter Gordon predicting that the single malt will eclipse the last record, set in 2007 when an 1850s W&J Mutter’s Bowmore reached a staggering £29,400.

The whisky is named in honour of Janet Sheed Roberts, granddaughter of the distillery’s founder, and the oldest living person in Scotland; only 11 bottles of the oak-aged malt will ever be released, one to celebrate each decade of the 110-year-old’s life.

Described by Glenfiddich malt naster Brian Kinsman as “light and delicate… with the subtlest whiff of smoke”, the 55-year-old whisky comes in a hand-blown bottle, sealed with a monogrammed aquamarine Cloisonné medallion bottle-stopper, and is displayed in a chic silk-lined leather travel trunk. The winning bidder will also receive a specially commissioned painting by artist Alison Watt, and can sip their dram (or more likely, stash it away for safe keeping) happy in the knowledge that all proceeds will be donated to WaterAid, a non-profit dedicated to providing clean water and sanitation.