If you think that record inflation and the threat of a global recession will slow down Super quality Whiskey market, we have some news for you. Earlier in October, Sotheby’s in London listed a single bottle of Macallan 81-Year-Old Single Malt for auction. When the hammer fell, it was caught by a private collector in the UK for $325,740.
This was no ordinary bottle of Scotch, mind you. The Reach is an 81-year-old offering from the Speyside distillery, making it the oldest single malt ever released. Manufactured before the United States entered World War II, this liquid has been patiently resting in a single oak barrel sweetened with sherry since 1940.
Macallan initially released 288 plates of liquid back in February of this year. Pouring from a squatting bowl, he comes jiggly in a three-handed bronze sculpture reminiscent of the horrific scene in Labyrinth That freaked us out all night as kids. But even the most troubling teen recalls can’t negatively affect the value of this rare barley and this exceptional pedigree. Smart, if you’re lucky enough to find The Reach in retail (you’ll likely spend more time in Vegas), it will set you back only $125,000. Barely after nine months, its value has almost tripled.
And you should have seen that kind of recognition coming, according to Johnny Fowle, who heads Sotheby’s rapidly expanding whiskey and spirits division.
“This extraordinary result of the oldest whiskey ever to be auctioned is fully deserved,” he said in a written statement after the auction closed on October 5. Playing began as the sale began to close, driving the final price up to nearly three times the estimate. age, rarity and origin; Once again, the Holy Trinity of collectors.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale were donated to The Macallan Artisan Collective, for the benefit of aspiring creators. The lucky winner also gets to experience an all-expenses-paid distillery at the brand’s sprawling property in Craigellachie. So they do it for them.
But did they actually score a good-tasting bottle of whiskey? We can’t tell you because no one in the whiskey world has admitted to trying it. If you have $326,000 to spend, we’d be more than happy to share some tasting notes with you.
As for the folks at Sotheby’s, they’re already preparing for the next portion of unimaginably expensive single malt. On November 16, the first edition of the Dalmore Luminary series will go under the hammer. A 48-year-old single malt is expected to fetch over $100,000. Take that, CPI!
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