World’s No1 whisky fan

His £11m col­lec­tion is record

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sami Qadri

FOR more than 20 years he has col­lected rare whiskies.

Now a Viet­namese busi­ness­man has en­tered the record books as the owner of the world’s most valu­able col­lec­tion.

Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan’s ex­tra­or­di­nary as­sort­ment in­cludes 535 bot­tles of some of the rarest Scot­tish and Ja­panese whiskies.

To­gether, they are es­ti­mated to be worth al­most £11mil­lion.

The 50-year-old, from Ho Chi Minh City, is also the proud owner of a com­plete set of the Ma­callan Fine & Rare 60-year-old, which is widely re­garded as one of the finest whiskies in the world.

A sin­gle bot­tle of the 1926 Ma­callan Fine and Rare re­cently changed hands for £1.2mil­lion at auc­tion, mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive bot­tle of whisky ever sold. Only 40 bot­tles of the Ma­callan 1926, taken from the dis­tillery’s cask num­ber 263 in 1986, were re­leased.

Ma­callan asked pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who created the cover of the Bea­tles’ Sergeant Pep­per al­bum, to de­sign a la­bel for a dozen bot­tles. A fur­ther 12 had their la­bels de­signed by Ital­ian painter Va­le­rio Adami, while the rest were given the ‘Fine and Rare’ la­belling.

Im­pres­sively, Mr Viet owns one of each de­sign.

Ex­perts es­ti­mated that his col­lec­tion is worth around £10.8mil­lion, and it has now been named the most valu­able in ex­is­tence by Guin­ness World Records.

Mr Viet said: ‘Whisky col­lect­ing has been my life’s pas­sion. Ev­ery spare mo­ment I get, I’m search­ing auc­tion sites and trad­ing web­sites to find fa­mous and rare whiskies from around the world.

‘As for my col­lec­tion, I have no in­ten­tion of selling any of it. Not one bot­tle. In fact, I’ll con­tinue to hunt for more old and rare bot­tles and add to and en­rich it.’

Asked about the record, he said: ‘My first re­ac­tion was one of sur­prise. How­ever, I’m really happy and feel hon­oured to be recog­nised by Guin­ness World Records as the owner of the world’s most valu­able whisky col­lec­tion.’

Andy Simp­son, of Rare Whisky 101, said: ‘We were gob­s­macked, not to men­tion a lit­tle en­vi­ous, when we re­alised the breadth and depth of Mr Viet’s col­lec­tion.

‘It’s a stun­ning ex­am­ple of one per­son’s pas­sion and de­sire to seek out the finest, rarest bot­tles of whisky in the world.

‘Mr Viet is, what we be­lieve to be one of pos­si­bly three col­lec­tors in the world to own all three vari­ants of the leg­endary Ma­callan 1926 bot­tling, which re­cently broke the world record.

‘That said, it may well be the case that Mr Viet is the only col­lec­tor in the world to have three bot­tles.’

‘It’s my life’s pas­sion’

That’s the spirit: Mr Viet’s col­lec­tion in­cludes many of the finest, rarest Scot­tish whiskies

‘Hon­oured’: Mr Viet Nguyen

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