A Macallan 1926 single malt whiskey has recently broken the record for the most expensive spirit ever sold at auction, fetching an astounding $2.7 million. This highly sought-after bottle is among the rarest and most exquisite bottles of Scotch whiskey in the world, and it was sold by Sotheby’s on Saturday.
The whiskey is known for its rich flavor, which comes from spending 60 years in dark oak sherry casks before being one of only 40 bottled in 1986. The head of whiskey at Sotheby’s, Jonny Fowle, had the privilege of tasting a small amount before the auction. He described it as having notes of dried fruit and spices. Unfortunately, bottles were not made available for purchase, and instead, they were reserved for The Macallan’s most elite clients. As a result, any appearance of these bottles at auction has led to remarkable prices. For instance, another bottle was sold in 2019 for £1.5 million.
It’s worth noting that out of the 40 bottles from the 1926 cask, all were labeled differently. However, it’s not clear how many bottles of the Macallan Adami 1926 still exist. One bottle is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and at least one other has been consumed. Despite this scarcity, collectors are willing to pay top dollar for these rare and valuable bottles of whisky.