A bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old has become the most expensive whisky in the world. The bottle was sold at a Bonhams auction in Edinburgh on the 3rd October for a staggering £848,750, breaking the world record for the most spent on a bottle of whisky!
Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986 after 60 years of maturation, the whisky was certainly far from ordinary from the beginning. The Macallan 1926 is kept in an extremely limited edition bottle, as only 12 bottles were ever produced with this particular label, designed by pop artist Valerio Adami. Originally sold for £20,000, these bottles were already something of a collectable from day one. The prolonged maturation period of 60 years meant that much of the whisky was lost to evaporation, or the ‘angel’s share’, which adds to their rarity as it means that fewer bottles can be produced.
This particular whisky has made headlines a few times before, with a pair of the bottles – one designed by Adami, and one by artist Sir Peter Blake – going on sale for $600,000 each back in April 2018. The whisky has also beaten its own record, as the same 1926 vintage was sold at a Bonhams Hong Kong auction in May for £814,000, which at the time made it the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world.
While the recent auction has created a new world record, the bottle actually sold for a little lower than anticipated, with a pre-auction estimate of £900,000 placed on The Macallan.
Whisky has recently seen a great rise in prices, particularly for collectables, with price tags increasing by 140 percent over the past five years. Whisky is now seen as a better investment than gold, with whisky specific investment funds starting up over the past year.
Working out at around £30,000 per shot of whisky, we hope that The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old tastes worth every penny if it is ever opened instead of being resold!
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