At a British auction, a bottle of whiskey was sold for approximately 3.5 billion won ($2.7 million), breaking the highest price in world wine and whiskey auction history.
According to foreign media such as the BBC on the 18th (local time), one of 40 bottles of single malt whiskey ‘The Macallan 1926’ was sold at Sotheby’s auction in London for 2,187,500 pounds (3.54 billion won), more than twice the expected price. .
This whiskey was distilled in 1926, aged in oak barrels for 60 years, and only 40 bottles were bottled in 1986.
The 40 bottles were not sold on the market, but a limited number were given to loyal Macallan customers. Previously, in 2019, one of these bottles was sold for 1.5 million pounds, setting a record for the highest whiskey auction price.
“I tasted just a very small drop, and as expected, it had lots of dried fruit, spice and wood notes,” said Sotheby’s head of whiskey, Johnny Paul, after tasting it ahead of the auction. “The Macallan 1926 is a whiskey every collector would want.” He explained.
Another Sotheby’s representative sniffed the glass and said, “It contained rich, dark fruit, black cherry compote with sticky dates, and an intense, sweet aroma of antique oak.”
“The aromas of dark chocolate, molasses and ginger linger,” he continued. “It is very special to experience the opening of this iconic 60-year-old single malt, first bottled 37 years ago.”
The Macallan 1926 sold this time is one of 12 bottles with the ‘Valerio Adami’ label designed by Italian painter Valerio Adami. It is currently unknown exactly how many bottles remain. However, it is known that one bottle of the Adami label was destroyed during the 2011 East Japan earthquake, and one bottle was consumed.
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