Thieves make off with US$800k of spiritsBy Owen Bellwood
La Maison du Whisky has suffered a loss of US$800,000 worth of fine spirits after thieves broke into its Paris shop, including the Karuizawa 1960.
The retailer reported that thieves broke through shutters and windows to enter the store on Sunday night, stealing bottles of rare spirits from the shelves.
Located on Rue d’Anjou in the French capital, La Maison du Whisky has confirmed that US$800,000 worth of spirits were stolen, including a bottle of rare Japanese whisky Karuizawa 1960.
The Karuizawa stolen is the oldest Japanese single malt and is one of just 41 bottles. Each bottle of the spirit is unique and the stolen bottle is referred to as ‘The Squirrel’ by collectors.
La Maison du Whisky claims that this bottle is unique and traceable and will therefore be difficult to resell.
The retailer was founded in Paris in 1956 and has built a reputation as leading merchant of fine spirits and whiskies.