Thu 10 May 18
The first bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from Eden Mill distillery has sold for £7,100 (US$9,630) at auction, setting a new world record for the first release from a distillery.
Bottle number one of 300 from the limited release first bottling was sold through online auction house Whisky Auctioneer.
Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “This auction has given whisky enthusiasts the chance to own a piece of history.
“For our first ever single malt whisky to be rewarded with the prestige of a world record sale is the pinnacle of what has been a journey filled with experimentation and passion, fuelled by the entire Eden Mill team’s tireless pursuit of bringing whisky distilling back to the region.”
The Eden Mill first whisky release is made from spirit that has been matured in both American and French oak quarter casks as well as an ex-Pedro Ximénez Sherry hogshead since 2014.
Sean McGlone, managing director of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “We were absolutely delighted here at Whisky Auctioneer to have been involved in the sale of the first bottling of Eden Mill Single Malt whisky.
“As an auctioneer, the only thing that excites us as much as old whisky, is a brand new one.”
Of the first 300 bottles produced by Eden Mill, many were gifted to long-standing Eden Mill employees and auctioned, meaning there are now only 100 of the limited release bottles remaining. The remaining bottles are now available to buy for £500 per 700ml bottle.
The launch follows the sell-out Hip Flask Series, a range of seven 200ml single malt whisky expressions released in April.