A uncommon bottle of whisky is predicted to turn into the costliest ever bought when it’s auctioned subsequent month.
The Macallan 1926 High quality and Uncommon 60 12 months Outdated is one in every of solely 14 of its sort nonetheless in existence and is anticipated to promote for greater than £1.5m – the world document worth – when it goes underneath the hammer.
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The present document is held by one other of the identical bottle, which was bought at Sotheby’s in London in 2019.
Described as “the holy grail of whisky”, the Macallan 1926 from cask quantity 263 was bottled in 1986 after ageing in oak barrels for 40 years.
Solely 40 bottles of the batch have been produced.
The whisky will lead the sale of the second half of 1 the world’s largest personal whisky assortment.
Amassed over a long time by the previous PepsiCo bottling magnate Richard Gooding, the primary a part of the gathering – comprising over 1,900 bottles – made greater than £3.2m when it was auctioned on-line final yr.
Whisky lovers will now get the possibility to bid for what’s described because the drink’s “pinnacle” bottle in a web-based public sale in February.
The ten-day public sale opens on 12 February and bids are anticipated from most of the 65 international locations by which the Perth-based on-line auctioneer has prospects.
Mr McClune mentioned: “The 1926 has solely been at public sale as soon as in recent times and at the moment it broke the world document for the costliest bottle of whisky ever bought, and we’re hoping that may occur once more.
“The second a part of the gathering we count on to promote for a number of million kilos. It’s a incredible alternative, the gathering covers so many iconic, scarce and high-value bottles.
“We’ve bought whisky relationship again to 1921 – 100 years in the past – and others from closed distilleries in Scotland which have hardly ever been seen earlier than at public sale.”
Angus MacRaild, an knowledgeable on outdated and uncommon whiskies, mentioned: “There’s by no means been a group of this quantity, breadth and scale that has come up for public sale ever. It’s actually fairly an sudden factor to occur within the whisky world.
“There’s likelihood the Macallan 1926 High quality and Uncommon will break the world document for the costliest whisky bought. For completists, notably of Macallan, it’s the top bottle.
“There’s a number of different bottles within the assortment as effectively which can break particular person information for his or her explicit bottlings.”
Further reporting by PA