Raising Glass And Eyebrows! 'Most Sought-After' Scotch Whisky Sells for Record-Breaking Price. Image Source: CanvaPro
A bottle of Scotch whisky, acclaimed as 'the most coveted' globally, recently achieved a staggering sale of nearly 2.2 million pounds ($2.7 million) at Sotheby's auction in London. This transaction set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a bottle of wine or spirits.
'Most Sought-After' Scotch Whisky
The Macallan Adami 1926, one of only 40 bottles produced in 1986 after maturing in sherry casks for 60 years, became the focal point of a fierce bidding war. The auction, featuring enthusiastic participants both on the phone and in the room, concluded with the historic sale.
Among the limited edition Macallan 1926 bottles, twelve, including the one sold on Saturday, boasted labels crafted by the renowned Italian painter Valerio Adami. Notably, a bottle from the same cask had previously set a record in 2019 when it fetched almost 1.5 million pounds at a Sotheby's auction, a benchmark that held until this recent sale.
"The Macallan 1926 is the one whisky that every auctioneer wants to sell and every collector wants to own," PTI quoted Jonny Fowle, Sotheby's global head of spirits. He said the record-breaking sale was "nothing short of momentous for the whisky industry as a whole."
As per PTI report, the bottle sold Saturday is the first to have undergone reconditioning by the distillery ahead of auction. This included replacing the cork and applying new glue to the corners of the bottle labels.
The final price of 2,187,500 pounds ($2,714,250) includes a charge known as the buyer's premium on top of the sale price of 1.75 million pounds. The price well exceeded the pre-sale estimate of 750,000 pounds to 1.2 million pounds.
And what is a $2.7 million whisky like? Macallan's Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell, who gave the tipple a sniff during the reconditioning, said it contained notes of "rich dark fruits, black cherry compote alongside sticky dates, followed by intense sweet antique oak."
"Dark chocolate, treacle, ginger the notes go on and on," she said. "It was a very special moment to experience the opening of this iconic 60 Years Old single malt, first bottled 37 years ago, and I hope the new custodian will enjoy the same privilege."