There are only 40 bottles of whiskey like this in the world. The Scottish brand Macallan bottled them from an oak barrel in 1986.
At a Sotheby’s London auction in 1926, a bottle of Macallan whiskey sold for nearly 2.2 million pounds sterling (over $2.7 million). AFP reported this yesterday.
Sotheby’s said it set a new record for any bottle of wine or liquor sold at auction.
A bottle of 1926 Macallan whiskey is expected to fetch much less, between £750,000 and £1.2 million.
Another Macallan bottle from 1926 set the record in 2019 when it sold for £1.5 million at the same auction.
There are only 40 such bottles in the world. Scottish brand Macallan bottled them from oak barrel 263 in 1986.
The head of Sotheby’s department, Johnny Fowle, said he was allowed to taste the precious whisky.
“I tasted a little drop. Very rich, lots of dried fruit as you’d expect, lots of spice, lots of wood,” he said.
According to him, the drink spent 60 years in a dark European oak barrel, which reflects its color.
“It’s not a whiskey to be taken lightly. It’s a full-bodied drink, but it’s incredible,” adds Fowle.
Previously, a barrel of Scotch whiskey sold for $19 million. Under the terms of the deal, it will be bottled in 88 bottles and shipped regularly to the buyer over five years.
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