A bottle of The Macallan 1926 has set the record for the world’s most expensive whisky, having been sold at an auction in London for $2.7 million on November 18. One of the world’s most sought-after bottles of Scotch whisky was auctioned at a record-setting amount at Sotheby’s.
The rare 1926 Macallan single-malt whisky featured the label designed by Italian painter Valerio Adami. The bottle was initially expected to fetch between $934,275 and $1.49 million but ended up selling for more than double its estimated price. The sale set a new record for any bottle of spirit or wine sold at auction, according to a statement from Sotheby’s.
This is not the first time that a Macallan 1926 bottle has fetched a record-breaking amount at an auction. In 2019, another Macallan 1926 bottle went under the hammer for $1.86 million, setting the previous record for the most expensive bottle ever sold.
The whisky is said to have spent around six decades maturing in dark oak sherry casks before becoming one of just 40 bottles bottled in 1986. However, not all the bottles were for sale, as some were offered to The Macallan’s top clients.