The World's Largest Whiskey Collection Is at This Scottish Hotel
When choosing a hotel, we all have certain amenities we look for: Maybe it’s free parking or a concierge? Maybe it’s in-room dining or a swimming pool? But if you demand accommodations that also offer a bare minimum of 1,031 different whiskies, well, only one hotel in the world is worthy of your five-star rating: The Glenesk in the Scottish village of Edzell. Guinness World Records recently certified the 38-room Victorian property located about midway between Dundee and Aberdeen as having the world’s largest commercial whiskey collection.
When owner Dylan Wren first purchased the hotel about five years ago, he already had about 200 whiskies he was working with, according to The Drinks Business. But in the ensuing years, he has dramatically ramped up that selection to include every working distillery in Scotland – as well as some that have closed – and, of course, plenty of offerings from outside of Scotland. When Guinness World Records came out to see the hotel’s collection back in September, the count was at 1,031 different varieties. That was enough to beat out the Millionaire’s Casino in Ayr near Scotland’s other coast which offers a mere 800 whiskies or so.
The official record was only for whiskies available at the bar, but amazingly, Wren also has a personal whiskey stash of around 1,500 additional bottles. “The record is specific to the ones on sale in the bar, but with the display collection, we have around 2,500 bottles,” explained hotel operations manager Samuel Allen. “We couldn’t have achieved the record without the help of Robert Flemimg, the distillery director at Glencadam and Tomintoul who spent hours logging all of the collection to satisfy the requirements of the Guinness World Record criteria.”
As for guests, the bar features two larges tomes which not only list all the possible drams but also provide tasting notes. “When [Wren] moved in he wanted to install the whisky bar, mostly as an attraction for our own guests but also as a way of showing how hugely important whisky is for the country,” Allen stated. “A hotel really should be part of the community and we just wanted to scream and shout about whisky, so the world record happened a bit by accident.”