Whisky fans gathered in Huntly to witness the unveiling of the world’s largest bottle of whisky.
The Guinness World Records title was awarded to two companies who came together to create the incredible bottle to help promote several chosen charities.
The 1.8m (five foot nine inches) tall bottle took an hour to fill and holds 311 litres of 32-year-old Macallan single malt whisky.
The record-breaking event took place at the headquarters of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky in Huntly, Aberdeenshire on Thursday, September 9, with official Guinness World Records adjudicator Jack Brockbank was on hand to present the certificate.
Upcoming whisky companies Fah Mai Holdings Group Inc (FMH) and Rosewin Holdings PLC (RH) beat the previous record by 83 litres.
The last record, held by The Famous Grouse Experience, was confirmed back in August 2012 at 1.7m high and holding 228 litres or 50.15 gallons of their well-known blend.
The firms had acquired two carefully selected sister casks of 32-year-old Macallan specifically for this day, which were expertly married together by the Duncan Taylor team.
This project has become known as The Intrepid through its association with 11 titans of exploration, including the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
All record breakers in their own right, several of the explorers were at the event including Paralympian gold medal cyclist Karen Darke, UK Adventurer of the Year Will Copestake, the first black Briton to reach the North Pole Dwayne Fields and the first person to row the Atlantic from America to England, Olly Hicks.
The explorers are featured on the record-winning bottle label with the aim of promoting their chosen causes/charities and upcoming expeditions, as well as shining the spotlight on the theme of exploration and following your dreams.
Aside from the 311 litres for the record, the firms have used the remaining 32-year-old Macallan whisky from the sister casks to produce an exclusive, highly limited bottling run.
Only 14 sets of ‘The Intrepid’ are to go on general sale, with each 12-bottle set consisting of a replica of the record-winning bottle plus designs dedicated to each of the 11 individual explorers.
Speaking about the exciting event, FMH & RH owners Louis Haseman and Daniel Monk summed up the project, saying: “So there you have it – eleven of the most fearless and adventurous people to walk the earth, featured on the world’s largest bottle of whisky, containing some of the most expensive single malt available, and bottled by one of the best independent Scotch bottling companies.
“Truly one of one. And to put it into perspective, a single 70cl bottle of original 30-year-old Macallan Oak sells for £4-5k and a similar independent bottling fetches £3k plus.
“What we have here in our mega bottle alone is around 444 of those. We’ll leave you to do the maths on this.”
Chairman of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Euan Shand said: “We were asked to bottle this whisky because of the care and attention we pay to all our whiskies and it was an honour to be part of this record title right here in our Huntly Headquarters.”
Jon Land, RH Director of Operations, reflected on the record attempt: “It’s a surreal feeling to be here now with the record and this bottle behind me – what you see is the culmination of two years hard work, endless twists and turns, challenges and setbacks, and Covid!
“But we are all immensely proud to be standing here today, finally able to say, ‘Job done’!”
The record-breaking whisky will be auctioned later in the year, where it may break a further record for the highest price ever paid for a bottle of single malt.
For any amount the sale achieves above £1.3m, 25% will be donated to the Marie Curie charity.
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