Sweden sets first whiskey auction

The national economy in Sweden is about as rocky as that in the U.S., but organizers of an October 7 whiskey auction in Frihamnen -- the first ever in Sweden -- think what they have to put up for bids will be strong enough to overcome that.

Systembolaget, the state-run alcohol retailer, will put about 400 bottles up for sale, including a bottle of Macallan Scotch from 1946 which will carry a starting price of $3,620 US.

" ... Demand for whisky is substantial and, with the emergence of clubs and whiskey tasting, has become something of a people's movement," said Soren Nylund of Systembolaget in an interview with The Local.

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