64 year old sells for $460,000 – Macallan Single Malt Whisky

By | Nov 22, 2010

64 year old Macallan Scotch Malt WhiskyA 64-year-old Macallan single-malt whisky contained in a unique Lalique crystal decanter sold at auction in New York on 15th November at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking $460,000.

This sale represents the most unique collaboration to date between The Macallan and Lalique, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting “Charity: water”, an organization that provides access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Macallan described the whisky that sold Monday as the oldest and rarest it had ever released since the famous whisky company was found in Scotland in 1824.

The Lalique crystal decanter was made using a technique called “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method. Stored in Spanish sherry casks since World War II and left to age for over six years, the extravagant concoction had a diminished alcohol level of 42.5% ­ just above the cut-off level for scotch classification.

For those of us unable to afford or savour such a rare whisky I have it on authority that the ‘nose’ was one of peat smoke, dried orange peal, muscovado sugar and cedar wood mix with spicy cinnamon sticks and cloves and it tastes spicy, peaty with hints of blood oranges, rosin, treacle and walnuts, and chocolate.

Maybe I’ll add a 64-year-old Macallan single-malt whisky to my christmas list!

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