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Issue 76 - Epic proportions

Whisky Magazine Issue 76
November 2008


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Epic proportions

Ian Buxton meets the Brazilian collector with a record breaking collection.

Where would you find William MacFarlane's Number One Harbour Master whisky? Or, for that matter, Mason & Summers Auld Shepp?

Give up? Well, very soon they'll be on view in Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience, where the world's largest collection of whiskies has now found a new home, brought 6,500 miles from Sao Paulo back to Scotland by leading distiller, Diageo.

Featuring a magnificent 3,391 bottles, the record-breaking collection was built up over 35 years by Brazilian whisky enthusiast, Claive Vidiz, who has scoured the world for whiskies to create the remarkable collection. The book of Guinness World Records has confirmed the collection as the world's largest.

As part of a £2 million investment at the fivestar tourist attraction on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, a specially designed vault is being created at the Scotch Whisky Experience to display the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection.

While the details of the terms of its sale to Diageo will remain under wraps, the unique collection is described by whisky experts as “invaluable” and ranges from the most popular whiskies to some of the rarest.

Negotiations to acquire the collection began three years ago during the Brazilian Grand Prix, when Diageo Chairman Lord Blyth visited the collection and was astounded by what he saw. Naturally the collection includes many bottles from Diageo's competitors but, in a far-sighted act, these will get equal billing in the display.

The vault will also feature private dinin...

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