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100-year-old whisky found in laundry cupboard 

Back in May last year, Speyside Scotch producer Glenfarclas confirmed the re-discovery of the oldest known bottle of its whisky in existence, after it was found wrapped in a tea towel at the back of a laundry cupboard.

The 98-year-old bottle of whisky, from 1920, was first given to the manager of the North Lanarkshire Gartloch Distillery, Stephen Dowell, upon its closure in 1920. It was kept by Dowell until 1947, when he passed it onto his daughter. On discovering the bottle wrapped in a tea towel at the back of a laundry cupboard 31 years later, in 1988, she passed it onto Hugh Taylor – her niece’s husband.

The historic bottle had remained in Taylor’s possession ever since, until the family contacted Glenfarclas about the bottle last year.

The bottle of ‘Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Pure Malt Whisky’ was brought back to the Speyside distillery in April, where it was inspected by John Grant, the grandson of the distillery’s founder and chairman of the board, who confirmed the belief that it is the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas in existence.

“A number of features on the bottle meant he had absolutely no doubt about it’s authenticity,” a release said. “In an age when a number of bottles purportedly from that time are turning out to be counterfeit, this one is definitely the real deal.”

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