The Macallan family really had wise ancestors. In 1926, one of the members of the family distillery sealed a cask of single malt whisky. This remained undisturbed for 60 years. This month, one of the bottles (with 42.6% ABV) from the casket was sold at £1.5 million, at an auction at Sotheby’s London.
The Macallan Fine & Rare 60-Year-Old 1926 bottle was offered for auction by a private American collector. The collector had accumulated 460 bottles over a 20-year period, all of which together fetched an amount of £7,635,619. This bottle snatched the record as most expensive whisky to be sold from another Macallan, which had a painting by Irish artist Michael Dillon. Auctioneers had expected this bottle to go for £350,000-£450,000.
Sotheby’s this bottle is the ‘holy grail’ for whisky, and part of a 178 bottle collection of Macallan’s Fine and Rare series spanning from 1926 to 1991. Sotheby’s also said that there was electricity in the room as the hammer went down for this sale, making it one of the most important sales in the history of whisky.
Every single bottle sold on this auction night, and almost 87% beat their pre-sale estimations. two complete Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection sold for £665,500 and £629,200 respectively. The bottle no. 1 of Bowmore’s “CrashingWaves” sold for £363,000, and a bottle of Springbank 50-year-old 1919 sold for £266,200 all during the same night.