A  W  that really means Whisky!

Sometimes there is a need to contemplate one’s own collection as a whole. When the collection is sizable, it is better to do it outside.

What came naturally to mind was to form the shape of that Wonderful letter that starts all the Whiskies of the World.

Here are displayed 223 uncorked and unduplicated bottles (the spares are stored), coming from 12 different countries and up to 32 years old.

Most are single malts, but there are some blended, rye whiskies and bourbons


The collection above is quite modest in comparison to the largest in the world. Let’s review some iconic whisky places


Surprisingly, the most renowned whisky collection of the world was located in Brazil!

The owner, Claive Vidiz, built up his collection over 35 years. He wouldn’t think of collecting these spirits until he received some rare bottles as gifts. He then developed a passion for it and acquired very rare bottles along with less prestigious, to achieve the high number of 3,384 bottles. If we do the math, it corresponds to about two new bottles every week…

This is not the largest collection of the world, but certainly the most refined, as it counts many very rare expressions of now disappeared distilleries. Among them a peated Brora or a lagavulin from the 1950′.

He decided to sell his collection, and fortunately the buyer, Diageo, not any buyer, did purchase it completely in 2006. The acquisition price has not been disclosed. The collection was shipped from Brazil to Edinburgh and displayed as of 2009 in a museum, the Scotch  Whisky Experience.

The Scotch  Whisky Experience

Claive Vidiz


To date, the largest collection of whisky unduplicated is owned by Alfredo Gonçalves, from Lisbon, Portugal. He boasts a collection of about 10,500 whiskies.

He started his collection in Africa and acquired many bottles as he was traveling often. It took him about 40 years to accumulate his current collection that is displayed in his liquor shop in Lisbon: “Whisky & Co”

Whisky & Co, in Lisbon, Portugal


Where is located the place to find the largest number of whiskies for sale?

It seems to be in Scotland, at the Glenesk Hotel in the village of Edzell. It boasts 1,031 different varieties of whisky available behind its bar.

It has surpassed the 800 bottles offering displayed by the previous holder of the title, Millionaire’s Casino in Ayrshire.

The Glenesk Hotel in Edzell

Nowadays it is hard to be sure of who’s offering the largest choice of whisky: the Golden Promise bar in Paris claims more than 1000 bottles, with many prestigious and now disappeared expressions.

Is there any place that offers more whiskies?

If you have the answer, please comment, and we’ll update this post!

All in all, what matters is that the whisky offering seems to be growing worldwide, and it is for the greatest pleasure of the aficionados!


Do I need to be over 21 to attend?

Yes, this is a legal requirement for all classes and events

What is the quantity of whisky poured during an experience?

The overall dose of whisky poured corresponds to the alcohol content of two glasses of wine. More is always offered as long as no driving is involved and safety ensured. The responsible behavior of each guest is expected.

What is the refund policy?

Due to the nature of the events we do not offer any refunds

What is the required minimum level to attend Whisky Ambassador course?

There is no requirement, but it is best to have taken at least the "Tasting Fundamentals" experience and one Masterclass before. This will increase significantly the chances of succeeding the exam.

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