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Limited edition Macallan whisky sale leads to road closure

Scene of whisky traffic Image copyright Brian Smith/JASPERIMAGE

A whisky sale in Speyside proved so popular it led to major traffic problems and a road closure.

Genesis Limited Edition bottles priced at £495 went on sale at the Macallan distillery at Craigellachie on Tuesday.

Customers gathered at the site in the early hours, eager to snap up a bottle of the spirit which celebrates the opening of the £140m distillery.

Police Scotland said a section of the B9102 had to be closed as a result for safety reasons.

The distillery said it was reviewing procedures.

A distillery spokesperson said: "Whilst every effort was made to communicate to our customers that there would be no access to the site prior to 09:30, a number of people hoping to secure one of these limited bottles gathered at the gates causing a local road to become blocked.

"After we contacted local police to help minimise any disruption, the road was swiftly cleared and sales got under way at the distillery when it opened.

"We are grateful to Moray Police for their assistance and in light of the issues, we are reviewing our procedures."

Image copyright The Macallan
Image caption The whisky was selling for £495

Police had urged motorists to "drive carefully and be patient".

However, many people expressed anger on social media about what had happened.

Others were delighted to have secured a bottle.

The new Macallan distillery opened earlier this year.

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