Phil Whiteman of The Old Bell Inn, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester has bought a £4,000 gin to add to his record-breaking collection of gins.

The gin, Morus LXIV, which is meant to be served neat or with a splash of water rather than with the traditional tonic mixer, works out at £200 a shot.

Phil says he isn't planning to sell this bottle to punters, however, although he is contemplating buying another bottle which he would crack open to sell.

The 64 per cent ABV Morus LXIV gin is made from the leaves from a single ancient mulberry bush (Morus Nigra) and takes more than two years to produce. It is made by Jam Jar Gin and sold in Harvey Nichols in the UK.

 

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Phil broke the World Record for the highest number of commercially available gins back in April 2014, when he had 404 gins on offer. He currently has 1,258 gins stocked in the pub and has plans for even more.

"Only 25 bottles of Morus LXIV were made and we have the very first bottle," said Phil, who has been running the Old Bell since he bought it in 1999.

 

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"We also have the world's second most expensive gin, Watenshi Gin (above right), which sells for £2,000 a bottle. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting gins to add to the collection."

 

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