The Macallan Breaks World Record for Most Expensive Whisky Sold


The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique Cire Perdue

The Macallan now owns the distinction of being ‘most expensive whisky sold at auction’: the Guinness World Records™ has called the recent sale of The Macallan’s 64 Year Old in Lalique Cire Perdue for US$460,000 as a definitive world record holder.

Even better news that might just warm the cockles of your heart (the way a glass of the finest single malt might): hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale will go towards "charity: water", an organization that provides access to clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

As for the treasured bottle, the one-of-a kind Lalique crystal decanter houses the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the distillery, a 64 Year Old single malt whisky. The historic object was snapped up at the Sotheby’s New York auction in November 2010, in what was the culmination of a 12-city “tour du monde” of the decanter. 

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The bottle as seen at the Sotheby's New York auction (foreground)

David Cox, Director of Fine and Rare Whiskies for The Macallan said of the record: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Guinness World Record™ for the most expensive whisky sold at auction. This major accolade from such a world-renowned and respected organisation, proves once and for all that The Macallan is the world record holder.”

“We had a phenomenal response around the world to this very special and rare decanter and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the inspiring project which managed to raise a staggering $600,000 overall for charity: water.”

The Macallan and Lalique global fundraising tour has raised more than US$600,000, an amount that is estimated to have provided clean water to over 30,000 people. Bottoms up to that! 

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