When it comes to vintage whiskies, the 60-year old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 is considered as the holy grail of all and rightly so. It’s hardly a wonder then that a bottle of the exquisite spirit was recently sold for a whopping tag of $10,99,427 or approximately £848,000 at the Rare Whiskies sale held by Bonhams.
The ultra-rare whisky is said to have been purchased by a private collector from Asia who bid by phone and preferred to remain anonymous. The spirit which has remained in vat for 60 years, right from the time when it was bottled in 1926 up until today is unique for a number of reasons. It displays a combination of rarity, vintage and unique artwork – the latter being the credit of pop artists Peter Blake and Valerio Adami who designed labels for a limited edition of 24 bottles -12 Adami and 12 of Blake. The latest bottle has been sold in a specially-commissioned cabinet and is said to have been bought by its previous owner directly from the Macallan distillery for an undisclosed sum in 1994.
As per Martin Green, whisky specialist at the auctioneer, “Such whiskies are collectors’ items because of their rarity and will probably not actually be drunk..It ( The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926) is the Rolls Royce of malts.” A similar bottle of the Macallan Valerio was also sold in May this year for 814,091 pounds (approximately $10,55,664).