Forgotten Cask of The Macallan Breaks £1m Mark at Auction
The cask sat quietly at The Macallan distillery for almost 34 years after a buyer paid for the cask to be filled in May 1988. The buyer completely forgot about the cask until recently when they were notified by the distillery that their cask had been maturing for over 30 years.
Upon being rediscovered, the cask recently appeared on the online auction site, Whisky Hammer, where it made history when it sold for $1,295,000 which equates to around £1,017,000. This more than doubles the previous record for a cask sold at auction - a 30-year-old re-racked sherry hogshead cask, also from The Macallan, which sold for $574,000 in 2021.
The Macallan is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries, having been founded in 1824, and is regarded as one of the finest single malt distilleries in the world. Bottles of The Macallan often break records at auction. In fact, the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold was a bottle of The Macallan 1926 which went for £1.5million at auction in 2019.
534 70cl bottles could be yielded from this cask if the buyer ever decided to bottle the whisky. It is believed to have sweet flavours of baking spices, honey, and salted caramel. Whether we'll ever see a bottle from the cask on the market is unknown.
What we do know for sure, however, is that this will not be the last record that The Macallan will smash. We can't wait to see what other eye-watering, record-breaking sales will come from the distillery!
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