Aberlour A’bunadh whisky set goes on sale

Whisky broker Mark Littler will offer a collection of 66 bottles of Aberlour A’bunadh single malt for £15,884 (US$21,900).

The collection was built up over 10 years by biologist Jon O’Connell from York, UK. He discovered the whisky while on a fishing trip in Scotland, where he enjoyed a dram with a fishing enthusiast. O’Connell then spent a decade collecting a bottle from every batch ever made from auctions and whisky shops across Europe. O'Connell said: “What a day it was meeting that fisherman and sharing a dram of Aberlour A’bunadh. I’d never seen anything like it before so I decided to buy myself a bottle and from there, I set myself a challenge to collect a bottle from every batch ever produced. “It took 10 years to track all the bottles down, with batch 15 being undoubtedly the most difficult. When I finally got my hands on the last bottle to complete my collection, I felt a real sense of achievement.” Aberlour A’bunadh, which means ‘the original’ in Gaelic, was introduced in 2000 and released in limited batches. The collection originates from a bottle buried in the foundation of its still room from 1898. It was found in 1973 by workers who were rumoured to have consumed half the bottle before sending the remaining contents to a lab for analysis. The 66-strong collection contains two highly sought-after special edition batch bottlings: the A’bunadh Silver Label Millennium Edition, bottled in 1999 ahead of the millennium celebrations, and the Silver A’bunadh, an extremely limited range consisting of only 37 bottles. Mark Littler, founder of the namesake broker, added: “This vertical collection of A’bunadh whisky is the largest whisky collection that we have ever sold – having a bottle from every batch ever produced makes this truly unique. Jon’s decision to start collecting bottles of whisky was a great one and we are seeing more people invest in whisky the way that Jon has." Auctioneer Sotheby’s recently entered a six-year partnership with The Distillers’ Charity to sell whiskies to support disadvantaged young Scottish people.