Giant bottle leaving Tomintoul home for year-long stay at the Scotch Whisky Experience
The world’s largest bottle of single malt Scotch, containing 105.3 litres of whisky, will be unveiled on Thursday 25th October at its new home in the Scotch Whisky Experience, located next to Edinburgh Castle. It has journeyed from its birthplace in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, to go on display to visitors keen to learn more about this national tipple.
The owners of two Tomintoul businesses, Dru McPherson, of the Clockhouse Restaurant and Mike Drury, of The Whisky Castle whisky shop, set out in 2009 to create the world’s largest bottle of Scotch whisky recognised by Guinness World Records.
Local Tomintoul Distillery, owned by Angus Dundee Distillers, agreed to donate the 105.3 litres of Tomintoul Single Malt Whisky Aged 14 Years to fill the bottle, equivalent to over 150 x 70cl bottles. As the Tomintoul brand has grown from strength to strength, with increasing sales in the UK and abroad, Angus Dundee have added a number of new expressions and ages. To meet the changing needs of the market, unchillfiltered and naturally coloured Tomintoul Aged 14 Years was launched in April 2009.
To set the record, a glass bottle was specially commissioned, a gigantic cork was crafted and an oversized label was printed. A team of 14 were set the task of pouring in individual 70cl bottles of Tomintoul 14 to fill it. The bottle was closed and dressed, to mimic the packaging of its more normal sized counterpart, using a hammer to fit the cork and hairdryer to seal the wrapping. At the time of its bottling, in August 2009, it was officially certified by Guinness World Records as “The Largest Bottle of Scotch Whisky in the World”, standing at 4ft 9 inches and weighing 164kg.
The Clockhouse and Whisky Castle stated “our record breaking icon embodies the finest spirit of Highland enterprise, from the highest community in the Highlands. It exemplifies the true spirit, ingenuity and strength of our community - big bottle, big heart”. Robert Fleming, Master Distiller at Tomintoul Distilled also added “it’s been a pleasure working with neighbouring businesses on a project to raise the profile of the Tomintoul area and to donate our single malt for this wondrous, giant bottle of Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky”.
The Tomintoul bottle can be seen and photographed by visitors to the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, on their guided whisky tour, from October 25th. Current plans are for the bottle to remain at The Scotch Whisky Experience for one year.