'World's oldest' single malt

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What may well be the world's oldest single malt whisky was unveiled Thursday in a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital city.

Gordon and MacPhail's Mortlach 70-Year-Old Speyside was sampled at a launch party in Edinburgh Castle, where it was ushered through the doors by pipers and a military escort, a typical Scottish riff for special occasions.

"It matured for 70 years in the cask and that is what makes it the oldest whisky in the world," said a spokeswoman for Gordon and MacPhail.

The whisky was put into a former sherry hogshead cask made from Spanish oakood on October 15, 1938, by the grandfather of the company's managing directors, David and Michael Urquhart.

There will only be 54 full-size bottles -- such as the one shown at left -- priced at £10,000 each ($15,000 US), with 162 smaller bottles sold at £2,000 ($3,000 US). The bottle is of hand-blown, tear-shaped crystal with a silver stopper.

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