Guinness Record Setting Whisky Collection Worth Over $13 Million

If you have a whisk(e)y collection at home, odds are it isn’t one that’s incredibly large or worth an extremely high value. There are those out there, however, that have rather expansive collections worth millions of dollars. One of these, a collector out of Vietnam, now holds the Guinness World Record for the most valuable whisky collection.

The world-beating collection, it is said, belongs to Mr. Viet Nguyen Dinh Tuan of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His collection is estimated by the rare whisky valuation experts at Rare Whisky 101 to have an  auction “hammer price” of £10,770,635, or a bit over $13.9 million USD. The specifics of it are noted for including “535 of the world’s rarest, oldest and finest bottles of Scotch and Japanese whisky. Highlights include one of the world’s only complete Macallan Fine & Rare collections, including the now iconic 1926 ‘Fine & Rare.’ Only forty bottles of the Macallan 1926 were ever released. Mr Viet owns three.”

Mr. Viet reportedly began collecting rare and vintage bottles of whisky over 20 years ago. His collection is now secured in a bespoke whisky lounge at home.

Mr. Viet's whisky collection

A portion of Mr. Viet’s record setting whisky collection (image via Rare Whisky 101)

“For me, whisky collecting has been my life’s passion,” said Mr. Viet in a prepared statement. “Every spare I moment I get, I’m searching auction sites and trading websites to find famous and rare whiskies from around the world. Clearly this requires a lot of patience and no shortage of tenacity, but I’m proud of my efforts.

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“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.”

Other highlights of his collection include “one of only twelve bottles of the oldest Bowmore ever released, which also happens to be both the most expensive Bowmore and the most expensive Islay malt in the world,” as well as “one of only twenty four bottles of the 1919 vintage Springbank.”

“We were somewhat gobsmacked, not to mention a little envious, when we realised the breadth and depth of Mr Viet’s collection,” added Andy Simpson, co-founder of Rare Whisky 101. “It’s a truly stunning example of one person’s twenty year passion and desire to seek out the finest, rarest bottles of whisky in the world.”