This was not the reason Glenfarclas had in mind when it opened its visitor center.
Over the weekend, thieves broke into the Scottish Distillery’s guest shop and made off with 20 bottles of rare whiskey, according to police scotland. The value of their transport: more than $184,000.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, two men reportedly broke into the Glenfarclas visitor center in Speyside, a sub-region of northeast Scotland known for its distilleries. The thieves only stayed inside the building for about four minutes, according to the BBCbut it was more than enough to steal some of the brand’s most prized bottles, including releases from its Family Casks series and a 60-year-old single malt.
“They obviously knew exactly what they were looking for,” distillery production manager Callum Fraser told the news service. “They went straight to our cupboard which contains our most expensive whiskey. The entire episode lasted about four minutes.
The Family Casks is a collection of Glenfarclas finest single casks, with vintages from each year dating back to 1954, according to The Spirits Business. The distillery’s 60-year-old single malt, meanwhile, is one of Speyside’s most expensive whiskeys, regularly selling over $22,000 per bottle.
The burglary may have just happened, but it looks like the police have already ruled out a class of potential suspects. In a press release, authorities suggested they did not believe anyone in the area was involved in the heist.
“We are looking to trace two men in connection with a break-in,” they said in a statement. “We believe the men have been to the area and are asking hoteliers, bed and breakfasts and Airbnb premises to contact us if they suspect anyone of being suspicious.”
Glenfarclas isn’t the only Speyside distillery that has had to contend with thieves in recent months. In January, Aberlour Distillery announced that thieves broke into his reception center while the distillery was closed for the holidays. The cost of this burglary, which also resulted in the theft of several rare bottles, was reported as a “five-digit sum”.