Macallan Adami 1926 Scotch whisky fetches £2.1m to come to be world’s most costly spirit

Aged for 60 a long time in northern Scotland, only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 were bottled in 1986

Just 40 ended up bottled in 1986 and 12 had labels developed by painter Valerio Adami.—AFP

In a historic auction at Sothebys in London, The Macallan Adami 1926 Scotch whisky has set a new environment document as the most expensive bottle of wine or spirit, fetching an unbelievable £2.1 million. 

The sale, which took location on Saturday, saw a intense bidding war among participants on the telephone and in the place.

Aged for 60 several years in sherry casks by Macallan in Moray, northern Scotland, only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 had been bottled in 1986. Notably, twelve of these bottles, together with the 1 sold at the auction, featured labels intended by Italian painter Valerio Adami. The prior report for the most high priced bottle of wine or spirit was also held by a Macallan 1926, sold by Sothebys in 2019 for approximately £1.5 million.

Jonny Fowle, Sothebys world-wide head of spirits, remarked that The Macallan 1926 is the whisky just about every auctioneer desires to sell, and each individual collector needs to have. Describing the document-breaking sale as momentous for the whisky sector, he highlighted the significance of this achievement.

The offered bottle, the very first to undergo reconditioning by the distillery in advance of the auction, experienced its cork replaced, and new glue used to the bottle labels. The closing price tag of £2,187,500, which includes the buyer’s quality, considerably exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £750,000 to £1.2 million.

Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell, who inspected the whisky throughout reconditioning, noted its rich dark fruit and black cherry compote aromas, accompanied by sticky dates and sweet antique oak. She described the practical experience of opening this legendary 60-yr-old single malt as particular and expressed hope that the new custodian would love the privilege.

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