$26,000 Bottle Of Scotch Stolen By Shoplifter

Ontario, Canada – A $26,000 bottle of scotch has been stolen from the shelves of a liquor store in Ontario.

The rare spirit, a 50-year-old Glenfiddich Single Malt, is one of 15 in the Canadian city and one of only 50 in the world.

Surveillance cameras at the Queens Quay liquor store picked up a suspect, a man in a Burberry shirt, cap, and brown trench coat. The alleged shoplifter can be seen in the grainy CCTV image below.

It was only after the man had left the store that staff realized the pricey scotch had disappeared. The bottle is the single most expensive item ever stolen from an Liquor Control Board of Ontario store, said Heather MacGregor, media relations co-coordinator for the LCBO:

“This bottle was displayed in a locked cabinet. There are quite a few very exclusive and rare products that are offered at that store.”

MacGregor added that the cabinet contained seven bottles of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, valued at $2,800 each, and an $800 bottle of Chateau Margaux vintage wine.

Andrew Ferguson, co-manager and whisky expert at the Calgary-based Kensington Wine Market, is one of the few who has sampled the rare scotch. He says:

“It was just incredibly deep and complex. You would expect something that old to be over the top oaky and one-dimensional, and it was nothing like that at all. It had lots of layers and complexity and depth, and it was quite subtle in many ways.

“That’s why some of these older whiskies, the pricey ones, are so highly sought after because of this magical balance between time and flavour development. Older whiskies over 40 years of age often disappoint, but when they don’t, they’re breathtakingly beautiful.”

Police have asked anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.

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