Cheers! Castle worker finds world’s oldest dram – once enjoyed by Queen Victoria – in cellars of historic Scots castle

Cheers! Castle worker finds world’s oldest dram – once enjoyed by Queen Victoria – in cellars of historic Scots castle

  • 40 bottles of the tipple, casked in 1833, were discovered in the depths of Blair Castle, Perthshire 

It was already a century old when it was hidden away more than ninety years ago.

Now 40 bottles of the world’s oldest Scotch have been found during a clear-out of a castle’s cellars.

The whisky, once enjoyed by Queen Victoria, was found in a hidden room in Blair Castle, Perthshire.

Trustee Bertie Troughton unearthed the treasure trove when he moved an old door wedged against an opening to reveal the forgotten cellar.

He discovered the bottles covered in dust and cobwebs with a plaque on a shelf stating they were ‘casked 1833, bottled 1841, rebottled 1932’, making it ‘the oldest whisky in the world’.

The 190-year-old whisky was found in bottles beside a plaque dating them at Blair Castle

Blair Castle trustee Bertie Troughton discovered the bottles by chance

Blair Castle trustee Bertie Troughton discovered the bottles by chance

Young Queen Victoria enjoyed a taste of the whisky on a visit to Blair Castle

Young Queen Victoria enjoyed a taste of the whisky on a visit to Blair Castle

Now 24 bottles are to be sold in an online auction in November with each one expected to fetch £10,000. 

But Joe Wilson, spirits specialist at Whisky Auctioneer, said: ‘It’s hard to put a value on a whisky of this vintage. 

‘It’s literally history in a bottle. 

‘It’s unlikely we will ever see anything like this again.’

The remaining bottles will form part of a display for visitors at the castle.

Mr Troughton said: ‘They just look so magical with all the dust and history pouring out of them.’