Rare Malt Lands at Edinburgh Airport
Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve expected to fetch five figures for charity
Scotch aficionados will have the chance of a lifetime as one of the world's rarest bottles of whisky goes up for sale today, 4 December, at Edinburgh Airport, with all profits going to charity.
The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve sold at auction earlier this year to the World Duty Free Group for £42,000 and is one of only 11 bottles made available to the public.
Passengers traveling through Scotland's busiest airport can now purchase the exclusive 55 year old single malt, the only bottle in the UK. The price tag for the precious whisky is £52,000, which, if the bottle sells, would make it the highest amount ever paid for a single bottle in a UK airport.
All profits of the sale will go the Lotus Flower Trust charity to help fund the buildling of a school and home for disadvantaged children in Ramnagar, India.
The bottle lands in the capital on the tail winds of a successful year for whisky trade at Edinburgh Airport. World Duty Free Edinburgh currently holds the record for the entire World Duty Free group for the largest single transaction spent on whisky at £51,000, which was achieved in December 2011.
The Janet Sheed Roberts commemorates the life and spirit of Scot Janet Roberts, the granddaughter of William Grant, founder of Glenfiddich. Janet Roberts celebrated her 110th birthday in August 2011, and was the oldest woman in Scotland until she passed away in April this year.
Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport said: "We're seeing an increasing demand for luxury whisky amongst our travellers as a number of super premium whiskies have sold successfully in Edinburgh Airport this year, including a number of bottles from the Dalmore Constellation Collection topping £40,000. As we plan to expand our retail offering and grow our passenger numbers, we hope that this opportunity with the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve will help us to bring more world exclusives to the terminal in 2013."
Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich's Malt Master, said: "With Mrs. Janet Sheed Roberts' connections to the capital city, Edinburgh was a natural place for the bottle to come – she studied law at Edinburgh University where she was the only woman in her class.
"I am sure that Mrs. Janet Sheed Roberts would have been delighted at the incredible sums of money that these bottles are raising for charity in her memory."
A previous Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve bottle in New York sold for US$94,000 (£59,252) in March this year, breaking the record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at auction.
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