It’s common knowledge that alcohol tastes better as it ages. Imagine getting your hands on a Whisky that’s 250 years old! You’re a little late to the party though. World’s oldest Whisky bottle just got auctioned off at a whopping $137,000, which is over Rs 1 crore.

The original price of the Whisky was 6 times less than what it was sold at and it belonged to the famous financier J.P.Morgan. Bottled in the 1850s, the label of the Whisky bottle reads, “This Bourbon was probably made prior to 1865 and was in the cellars of Mr. John Pierpoint Morgan from whose estate it was acquired upon his death,” News18 reported.

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The bottle is the only one to survive out of the three kept in JP Morgan’s cellar. Auction house Skinner Inc bought the bottle for a price between $20,000 and $40,000 and further sold it to The Morgan Library for $137,500. Morgan Library is a research institute and museum in midtown Manhattan. June 30, 2021 marker the end of the auction.

Whisky is said to last only 10 years once it is popped open. On examining the bottle, it was found that its bourbon content was 53 per cent and the bottle was most likely produced between 1763 and 1803. According to the experts, the bottle was produced during the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s and the Revolutionary war of the 1770s.

Apart from the whisky bottle, the auction also had the world’s oldest mineral water bottle, earlier found in the Baltic Sea. The bottle is 12 inches in size and has Selters inscribed on it.

A German luxury water brand, Selters became popular in the nineteenth century. Although the bottle was found from the depths of Gdańsk Bay, it is still in good condition. It remains to be examined to trace back to the shipwreck that it was found in.