A bottle of Macallan Scotch whisky sells for a record $2.7 million at auction.
Cheers to a Record-Breaking Sip: The Macallan Adami 1926 Whisky Sells for $2.7 Million.
In a historic moment for whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike, The Macallan Adami 1926 has claimed the throne as the world’s most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky, fetching a staggering $2.7 million at Sotheby’s auction in London. This remarkable sale surpasses the previous record set by another bottle from the same cask in 2019, firmly establishing The Macallan 1926 as the pinnacle of coveted spirits.
Crafted from a mere 40 bottles in 1986 after maturing in sherry casks for an impressive 60 years, The Macallan 1926 is a testament to the artistry and precision that goes into creating truly exceptional whisky. What sets this particular bottle apart is its label, a masterpiece designed by renowned Italian painter Valerio Adami. The uniqueness of each bottle adds an extra layer of allure, making it a must-have for serious collectors.
The auction itself unfolded as a riveting battle between eager bidders, both in attendance and participating remotely via phone. Sotheby’s global head of spirits, Jonny Fowle, expressed the significance of the moment, stating, “The Macallan 1926 is the one whisky that every auctioneer wants to sell and every collector wants to own.” The fervor surrounding this sale is a testament to the enduring appeal and prestige of fine whisky in the realm of luxury collectibles.
Notably, this record-breaking bottle underwent a meticulous reconditioning process at the distillery before hitting the auction block. This included the replacement of the cork and the careful application of new glue to the corners of the labels. Such attention to detail reflects the reverence with which the industry treats these rare and valuable artifacts.
The final hammer price of £2,187,500 ($2,714,250) far exceeded the initial pre-sale estimate of £750,000 to £1.2 million, underscoring the insatiable demand for exceptional whiskies among discerning buyers. The total includes a buyer’s premium, a customary charge added to the winning bid.
Kirsteen Campbell, Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, offered a poetic description of the liquid gold, noting notes of “rich dark fruits, black cherry compote alongside sticky dates, followed by intense sweet antique oak.” She continued, “Dark chocolate, treacle, ginger…the notes go on and on.” The sensory journey promised by The Macallan Adami 1926 is a testament to the unparalleled craftsmanship and time-honored traditions that define this exceptional single malt.
As this iconic bottle finds a new custodian, the whisky world eagerly anticipates the enjoyment and appreciation that will accompany each precious sip. The sale of The Macallan Adami 1926 marks a momentous chapter in the whisky industry, underscoring the enduring allure of rare and exceptional spirits that transcend the boundaries of traditional libation appreciation.