Diageo Claive Vidiz collection

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2015-06-26 10:54:16

The Diageo Claive Vidiz collection is the largest whisky collection in the world. It consists of 3,384 bottles.

First bottles

The collection was built up over the course of 35 years by Brazilian Claive Vidiz.

Vidiz began his collection in 1973 after receiving a number of bottles from fellow directors of pharmaceutical companies.

Highlights

The collection includes one of only 100 bottles ever produced of Strathmill single malt, which celebrated the distillery’s 100th anniversary in 1991.

Also in the collection is a limited edition scotch, Dimple Pinch, bought by Mr Vidiz in 1969 for $1,000. It was the most expensive limited edition whisky on the market at the time.

Sale

Beverages company Diageo bought the collection in 2008 for an undisclosed figure.

Each bottle was individually packaged by fine art specialists and the entire collection transported by ship from Brazil to the UK.

Mr Vidiz said at the time: "To split up a collection which I have devoted more than 35 years of my life to would have broken my heart so I am truly thrilled Diageo has purchased it in its entirety.”

Bryan Donaghey, managing director of Diageo Scotland, commented: "We are delighted to have worked with Claive to bring this wonderful collection safely back to Scotland and to play a part in preserving its legacy and historic significance.”

On display

The collection is currently on display at Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience.

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