THIS WHISKY MUSEUM IN S'PORE HOLDS WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE WHISKY BOTTLE & COLLECTION
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Grande Whisky Museum
The Grande Whisky Museum in Singapore’s Suntec City is the keeper of the world’s most valuable bottle of whisky and also boasts the world’s most valuable whisky collection, according to Guinness World Records.
The company adjudicated that a bottle of Laphroaig 40YO from 1960 kept by the Grande Whisky Museum is the most valuable whisky bottle in the world.
Valued at USD2.56 million, the Laphroaig 40YO was signed by Prince Charles and Camilla, now King Charles III and Queen Camilla, during a visit to the distillery on the Isle of Islay in June 2008.
Guinness World Records valued the whole collection of the museum, which includes more than 7,000 rare and vintage whiskies, at a record-breaking USD91.12m.
This value is USD77.22m higher than the collection of last record holder Vietnam businessman Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan, whose whisky collection was certified by Guinness World Records in 2019 as world’s most valuable worth USD13.9m.
His collection comprised 535 of the world’s rarest, oldest and finest bottles of Scotch and Japanese whisky. Highlights include the iconic 1926 Macallan 60YO, a bottle of which achieved a hammer price of £1.2million (USD1.46m) in 2019.
Guinness World Record adjudicator verified Grande Whisky Museum’s collection a year ago, but the certificates were recently awarded to the museum during a ceremony held on 25 October 2023.
The 8,000 square-foot museum has sourced whiskies from distilleries around the world, including some that have shut down.
Museum ambassadors lead multiple tours a day, visitors can enjoy a whisky tasting experience after the tour.
The Grande Whisky Museum has been a serious collector of rare and vintage whiskies for more than two decades, says Manjit Gill, group managing director of The Whisky Trust Group, which owns the museum.
“It is proud to showcase its collection to the world and has developed a global reputation as a genuine rare whisky collector,” Gill said in a press statement.
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