Tomintoul goes large

Tomintoul distillery has claimed its place in the Guinness World Records after producing the world’s largest bottle of whisky.

tomintoul.jpgThe 14 year-old Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet single malt was chosen for this feat, with 105.3 litres required to fill the giant bottle, the equivalent to 150 standard bottles. Once filled, the total weight came to 164kg, with the bottle standing at just under 5ft tall.

The achievement was a result of collaboration between Dru McPherson, owner of The Clockhouse restaurant in Tomintoul; Mike Drury, owner of the village’s Whisky Castle shop; and the distillery itself. The monster bottle can be admired on permanent display at The Clockhouse.

Duncan Baldwin, brand development director at Tomintoul distillery, said: “It was quite nerve-racking, filling and labelling such a large vessel by hand and especially so when sealing the bottle with the largest cork I have ever seen as it had to be hammered in with a mallet but the exercise went very well. It should be a great talking point for Tomintoul distillery, the village and its visitors.”

Tomintoul is no stranger to record achievements, already holding the title of highest village in the Scottish Highlands.

Gabriel Savage, 09.09.09

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