The New Owner of World’s Largest Bottle of Whisky is Vietnamese
According to The Guardian (UK), the world’s largest bottle of whisky, called the "Intrepid", is 1.8 m tall. Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan, a Vietnamese businessman, is revealed to be the buyer. Tuan bought the 311-litre bottle of 32-year-old Macallan single malt for £1.1m at an auction in Edinburgh (Scotland).
|Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan bought the 311-litre bottle of 32-year-old Macallan single malt for £1.1m at auction. He is a famous collector who already owns a spirits collection valued at more than £150m.|
Viet added the bottle whisky to his collection in Ho Chi Minh City alongside a certificate from Guinness World Records authenticating it as the world’s largest. The final purchase price worked out at almost £92 a dram (25ml).
A longtime investor in rare spirits, Viet owns many of the world’s rarest and oldest cognac and whisky bottles. The bottle is the latest addition to Viet’s collection that already includes the world’s only complete Macallan fine and rare collections, including the 1926 “Fine and Rare”. Only 40 bottles of the Macallan 1926 were ever released, and Viet owns three. A bottle sold for almost £1.5m in 2019. He also owns the world’s largest bottle of cognac, and the oldest bottle of whisky – believed to be almost 150 years old.
|(Photo: Luxury Lifestyle Magazine).|
He said: “I’ve been spending my spare time collecting these bottles for decades. The history and traditions of whisky-making give each one its rarity, and that’s the value I see in each bottle. I was enticed to acquire the Intrepid for three main reasons: the fact it’s the world’s biggest bottle, it contains Macallan and because I was inspired by the record-breaking achievements of the 11 explorers depicted on the bottle’s label.”
|Daniel Monk (left) of Cask World, and spirits collector Viet Nguyen (Photo: Luxury Lifestyle Magazine).|
Daniel Monk, of Cask World and the drinks wholesaler Rosewin Holdings, is the mastermind behind the concept. Monk named the Intrepid in honor of the achievements of 11 pioneering British explorers, the images of whom are featured on the bottle’s label and include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dr Geoff Wilson, Karen Darke, Olly Hicks and Jamie Ramsay.
“Going into Viet’s hallowed whisky collection was an unforgettable experience, it’s truly a whisky and cognac enthusiast’s paradise. It was a dream come true to see the Intrepid proudly displayed and added to the whisky war chest of such a knowledgeable and passionate collector," said Monk.
|The 311-litre bottle pictured along with the collection of 50 cl bottles (Photo: Rosewin Holdings).|
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