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    what is the oldest bottle of whisky in the world?

    Estimated to be over 150 years old, the “Glenavon Special Liqueur” is believed to be the oldest bottle of whisky in the world. The bottle’s label simply reads; “Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky Bottled by the Distillers”. According to researchers the Glenavon distillery closed in the 1850’s which would make it the oldest bottle of whisky still in existence.

    The bottle itself belongs to a woman in County Armagh in Northern Ireland who recalls seeing the bottle in her grandmother’s house during the 1920’s. The woman has put the bottle up for auction, with Auctioneers expecting the bottle to reach up to £10,000; that’s £300 for a shot!

    The bottle itself is olive-green and is smaller than your average whisky bottle, and also of a peculiar shape. The bottles contents appear to be light gold in colour, which is a characteristic of the Speyside region from which the bottle is said to originate.

    The Glenavon distillery was situated in Ballindalloch which is part of the Speyside region of Scotland. It has been recorded that the distillery was in operation during 1851 and was licensed to a John G Smith. John was the son of George Smith who was the founder of the nearby Glenlivet distillery. Together they established a small distillery at Delnabo in 1849. Delnabo and Glenavon distillery have been suggested to be subsidiaries of the same distillery. In 1858 the Smiths closed Delnabo and consolidated all their distilleries at Minmore, the site of the current Glenlivet Distillery.