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On Saturday, a rare bottle of The Macallan 1926 was sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for a record £2.1 million ($2.7 million or 2.5 million euros). The sale surpassed expectations by outbidding estimates of between £750,000 and £1.2 million to reach this astonishing price. This has set a new record for any bottle of spirit or wine ever sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s.
One of the Macallan 1926 bottles had already set a previous record for the most expensive bottle ever sold in 2019, fetching £1.5 million at the same London auction house.
Sotheby’s head of whisky Jonny Fowle had the privilege of tasting this highly sought-after whisky before the sale. He described it as “very rich” with “dried fruit,” “spice,” and “wood.” The whisky had spent 60 years aging in dark European oak barrels which is reflected in its unique color. According to Fowle, this is not a whisky to be taken lightly – it is an incredibly rich and complex drink that is truly exceptional.
Macallan, based in Moray, northern Scotland only confirmed that there are only 40 bottles of Cask 263 from which this Macallan 1926 was bottled in 1986.