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Break Out The Good Stuff: $2.7 Million Bottle Of Scotch Whisky Sets Record At Auction

By Ty Roush


The world’s “most sought-after” bottle of Scotch whisky sold for a record $2.7 million on Saturday, breaking a record previously set by another bottle from the same cask, according to Sotheby’s—the latest spirit to receive bids exceeding millions of dollars in recent years.


The Macallan Adami 1926 sold for nearly 2.2 million pounds at Sotheby’s in London, according to the auction house, which noted the three previous auction records for any bottle of wine or spirit were broken by bottles from the same cask between 2018 and 2019.

The previous record was set in 2019, after a Macallan 1926 sold for 1.5 million pounds ($1.8 million).

Sotheby’s—which referred to the bottle as the “world’s most expensive whisky”—estimated the bottle would auction between $700,000 and $1.2 million, the highest estimate ever placed on a bottle of wine or spirit by the auction house.

Only 40 bottles of the Macallan 1926 were bottled in 1986 after being aged in sherry casks for 60 years, according to Sotheby’s, and 12—including the bottle sold Saturday—featured labels designed by the Italian painter Valerio Adami…


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