It isn’t news that there is a high demand for rare and well-aged whiskey. However, proving that connoisseurs of the spirit can go to any bounds to sample the most premium of the lot is the recent sale of the Macallan 1926. A unique and hand-painted bottle of the whiskey was recently sold at a record-breaking price of $1.5 million at Christie’s Wine and Spirits auction in London.
What makes the whiskey special is that it is one of the forty 1926 bottles that came from cask 263, an ex-sherry. And while most editions from the lot come with an exclusive label painted by artists such as Peter Blake, (renowned for the album cover of the Beatles’ Sgt.) and Valerio Adami, this one, in particular, bears a hand-painted tag by Irish artist Michael Dillon who is highly acclaimed for his historical decorations.
As remarked by Christie’s in an official statement “The bottle painting was commissioned and offered for sale through Fortnum & Mason in London in 1999. Christie’s are delighted to be offering this unique Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old Michael Dillon bottle, which is unquestionably the ‘Holy Grail’ for whiskey collectors as it is truly one-of-a-kind. The bottle which beautifully depicts the Easter Elchies House of The Macallan and the Scottish Highlands is offered in a luxurious “The Macallan 60-Year-Old” wooden presentation case with a certificate of authenticity from The Macallan.” The bottle has also set a new world record for the most expensive whiskey to be sold on auction.