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Guy's 28 Years of Birthday Whisky Now Worth a Down Payment

Matthew Robson got a bottle of 18-year-old Macallan every year for 28 years; it's worth $52K

(Newser) - On the occasion of their first birthday, most kids get a cake with a cartoon character du jour on it and some toys they'll never remember. On the occasion of Matthew Robson's first birthday, dad Pete got him an 18-year-old bottle of Macallan single malt whisky, which you... More »

Spirits Industry First: a Paper Bottle

Diageo announces Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky will have plastic-free packaging starting next spring

(Newser) - Tired: drinking out of a paper bag. Wired: drinking out of a paper bottle. Starting next year, you'll be able to do the latter, thanks to a spirits industry first. Reuters reports that Diageo—maker of such brands as Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, and Smirnoff, among others—has teamed up... More »

Vatican Has Pope's Joke Cut From Documentary

It was a good-humored moment involving scotch whisky

(Newser) - Scotch whisky is "the real holy water," Pope Francis joked when a group of student priests from Scotland presented him with a bottle—but Vatican censors didn't laugh when they saw the footage. The moment when the seminarians presented Francis with a bottle of Oban 14 malt... More »

'Perfect' Whiskey Collection Is Going Up for Sale

Private collection of 3,900 bottles, many of them rare, could fetch up to $10.5M in total at auction

(Newser) - What to get as a gift for the person who has everything? Consider the largest private collection of whiskey ever to go up for public sale. Of course, you'll have to have anywhere from $9.2 million to $10.5 million to afford said collection, which is referred to... More »

Artificial 'Tongue' Is Bad News for Counterfeit Whisky

Device allows for 'faster and more accurate' testing

(Newser) - Counterfeit whisky is a big problem —hence why researchers in Scotland have invented a "tongue" better able to distinguish between fake and authentic bottles than the human equivalent. Alasdair Clark of the University of Glasgow explains the artificial tongue "uses two different types of nanoscale metal '... More »

'Inconceivably Smooth' Whisky Comes at a Price

Bottle of Macallan 1926 expected to fetch up to $923K at auction

(Newser) - Only 40 bottles of Macallan 1926 whisky were produced in 1986. Of those, 12 featured a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, one of the artists who created the cover art for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, per Vox . The ultra-rare bottle could now... More »

There's a Good Chance Your Rare Scotch Is Fake

Be careful what you buy, especially if it's claimed as a single malt

(Newser) - A word of warning if you plan to celebrate the holidays by sipping on vintage Scotch whisky: There's a solid chance the stuff you have is fake. Advanced lab tests on 55 bottles of rare scotch nabbed from auctions, private collections, and retailers revealed 21 were outright fakes or... More »

Johnnie Walker May Soon Have a Lady Friend

Parent company Diageo has reportedly filed trademark documents for Jane Walker

(Newser) - Tarzan had his Jane, and so, too, will Johnnie. Thanks to the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, gender equality is gaining new awareness in the workplace, and now perhaps in your whisky: TMZ reports that Diageo, parent company of the Johnnie Walker brand, put in the... More »

Scotland's New Brexit Worry: Whisky

Minister wants UK to extend EU standards so inferior booze doesn't invade market

(Newser) - Scotland has found one more thing to fret about as Britain drags it toward a breakup with the European Union: Its precious whisky. Scotland has called for Scotch to be defined in UK law so its vital whisky industry—worth about $5.3 billion in exports—can be protected after... More »

Forget a New Car, Buy This $35K Bottle of Scotch

Macallan's 65-year-old whisky comes in a decanter inspired by Lalique perfume bottles

(Newser) - Macallan has an ample portfolio of quinquagenarian and sexagenarian spirits, but it's the release of one that's "old enough to collect Social Security benefits," as Eater puts it, that's got booze buffs abuzz. "Peerless Spirit" Scotch whisky, which comes in a decanter inspired by... More »

Space Station's New Experiment: Aging Whisky

Japanese maker Suntory is sending up samples to see how they turn out

(Newser) - Just imagine what Don Draper could do in the ad pitch: Renowned Japanese whisky maker Suntory is sending up booze to age for at least a year on the International Space Station, reports the Wall Street Journal . The idea is to see what effect zero gravity has on the process,... More »

On Shelves Soon: Scotch in a Can

Scottish company will sell 12-ounce cans for $5

(Newser) - You'll soon be able to crack open and swig down a can of… Scotch whisky? Liquor company Scottish Spirits Imports plans to introduce aluminum cans filled with Scotch to the US by February 1. Each can will contain 12 ounces of the 80-proof liquor, or about eight shots' worth,... More »

Malt Whisky Fetches Record $73K

Glenfiddich bottle honors oldest living Scot

(Newser) - A 55-year-old bottle of Scotch has sold for the princely sum of $72,630 at auction, reports Bloomberg . The price makes the bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve the most expense single malt whisky ever sold, notes Deadline . What's with the weird name? The whisky honors the oldest... More »

Japan Whisky to Fetch $12K a Bottle

Yamazaki's latest release has been aging since 1961

(Newser) - Do you love whisky and also have an utterly ridiculous amount of money to spend on it? Then Suntory Yamazaki has just the thing for you. The distillery will next month release a batch that’s been aging since 1961 for an eye-popping 1 million yen ($12,970) a bottle,... More »

Scottish Whisky Ranks Best in World

Old Pulteney takes prize in industry 'bible'

(Newser) - A single-malt whisky brewed in Scotland knocked out 1,200 rivals to triumph as the World Whisky of the Year, according to the influential 2012 Whisky Bible. The Old Pulteney whisky, produced by the Pulteney distillery in Wick, northern Scotland, totaled 97.5 out of 100 points—tying the highest... More »

Whisky Company Bashes PETA's 'Club' Cartoon

'Anything but a Canadian Club,' says clever cartoon seal

(Newser) - A whisky company isn't laughing about a clever New Yorker-style cartoon concerning seal killing created by PETA. "Anything but a Canadian Club," a sad-eyed seal sitting at a bar tells a bartender awaiting his order in the ad. Now the parent company of Canadian Club whisky has fired... More »

100-Year-Old Scotch Back From Antarctic Depths

But you won't be able to get your hands on it

(Newser) - This is probably a little more special than anything your Average Joe has in the liquor cabinet: Three bottles of Mackinlays scotch whisky, which have sat beneath the Arctic ice since 1907, made their way home to Scotland today. The bottles are part of a crate of circa-1897 whisky found... More »

Scots Invent Boozy Biofuel

Whisky may be the drink to power your drive

(Newser) - Scottish researchers have found a way to turn whisky waste into fuel. A team from Edinburgh Napier University combined two common whisky by-products—'pot ale' and 'draff'—to create a clean fuel that yields 30% more output power than ethanol, reports the BBC . The group hopes, eventually, to make the... More »

Whisky Maker Revives Booze Treasure Hunt

Six cases of Canadian Club just waiting to be found

(Newser) - Assuming polar bears haven't guzzled it, a case of Canadian Club whisky stashed near the North Pole decades ago is still waiting for an adventure-seeking drinker to find it. The company has revived the "Hide-a-Case" promotion it began in 1967, and is offering drinkers a chance to join expeditions... More »

Antarctic Explorers' Century-Old Whisky Found

Distillery's Antarctica expedition recovers abandoned booze

(Newser) - Seven crates of whisky and brandy left behind by Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition have been recovered after over a century locked in the Antarctic ice. The expedition was forced to turn back short of reaching the South Pole in 1909 and left many supplies—including what must now be the... More »

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