Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky


2015-06-26 11:00:14


Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky is a vintage whisky produced by Glenavon. It is possibly the oldest whisky in the world. The whisky

The label on the bottle reads “GLENAVON Special Liqueur Whisky Bottled by the Distillers”.

As Glenavon ceased operating in the 1850s, it is possible that the whisky is the oldest in the world.

The bottle is slightly smaller than the usual 75cl whisky bottles and is made of green glass.

Only one of these bottles is known to exist.


The Glenavon Distillary was located at Ballindalloch, where the River Avon meets the River Spey, although it is not known where exactly the distillery was.

Records show that the distillery was licensed to John G. Smith in 1852, though the distillery was recorded as operating in 1851.

John Smith was the son of George Smith who founded the Glenlivet Distillary.

Notable sale

On 29 November 2006, Bonhams held a sale of “Fine Wine, Port and Spirits” on Bond Street in London.

The main attraction was the Glenavon whisky, which saw global interest, as it is the only bottle known to exist and no one is quite sure of its origin.

This bottle has been owned privately by an Irish family for many years prior to the auction. The whisky sold for £14,850.

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