Rare Highland Park cache found in Japan

• From Just Drinks.com:

Nearly 700 bottles of rare Highland Park single malt whisky are to be re-released on the UK market, after being discovered in Japanese warehouses.

Highland Park is to release 694 bottles of its Bicentenary 1977 whisky, it announced on March 27.

Originally priced at GBP69.99 [$99.35] per bottle when released in 1998, the 21YO Scotch whisky can now fetch up to GBP300 [$425.95] at auction and is available at Highland Park's distillery shop at GBP250 [$354.96].

All of the bottles set for re-release were discovered in warehouses across Japan, said the Orkney-based distiller.

"We were astounded to discover this rare stock in our previous distributor's warehouses in Japan," said Highland Park global controller James Craig. "This is a very special expression of Highland Park and one which we thought had sold out and been consumed long ago."

Martin Green, whisky specialist at auction house Bonhams, said, "Highland Park has been one of the most highly collected malts for many years with a cult following by whisky collectors. For a relatively low investment this bottling is certain to be sought after in the years to come."

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