50-year-old Glenury Royal auctioned for £14,000

A new record price for a whisky from the Highland lost distillery


The bottle of Glenury Royal 50 years shows the remarkable number 1 and achieved a no less remarkable sum at the online auction hosted by Whisky Auctioneer: it achieved a hammer price of £14,000.

The single malt from 1953 was released in 2003. It was one of 498 bottles and part of the series of Special Releases by Diageo. It was matured in sherry casks and bottled at an alcoholic strength of 42.8% ABV. Being 50 years old, this edition is one of the oldest and rarest whiskies that have ever been released in this series.

Glenury Royal is one of the rarities on the whisky market nowadays because the distillery near Stonehaven, founded in 1825, was closed in 1983. Besides Royal Lochnagar and Royal Brackla, it was one of the three Scottish distilleries that were allowed to carry the addition "Royal" in their name. This honor was probably due to the friendly relationship between the royal family and the distillery's first owner, Captain William Barclay, of which the Whiskey Auctioneer actual press release reports.

Iain McClune, founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This fantastic result is testament not only to the exceptional maturity of the Glenury Royal 1953 50 year old but also to the enduring mystery and lure that lost distilleries pose for rare whisky collectors and enthusiasts around the globe.”

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