Aged In Sherry Caskets For 60 Yrs, World’s Most Sought-After Scotch Whiskey Sold For $2.7 Million 

The world's most valuable single-malt The Macallan Adami 1926 was sold for a record price of $2.7 million. 

by Sanjana Shenoy
Aged In Sherry Caskets For 60 Yrs, World’s Most Sought-After Scotch Whiskey Sold For $2.7 Million 

The “world’s most sought-after” scotch whiskey, The Macallan Adami 1926 was sold for a whopping $2.7 million at an auction in London. A heated bidding war happened between the would-be buyers on the phone at Sotheby’s in London. It created an auction record for a bottle of wine or spirits.

The Macallan Adami 1926 Scotch Whiskey Sold For $2.7 Million

Picture Credits: Sotheby’s/ YouTube

A record-breaking sale for the whiskey industry, what is so special about The Macallan Adami 1926? To put it simply, this is the world’s most valuable whiskey. Jonny Fowle, the Global Head of Whiskey in an interview with Sotheby’s informs that the vintage whiskey lay in super-rich European oak and sherry caskets for six decades. He calls it unusual for a bottle of whiskey to be produced in 1986, dating back to 60 years.

What was crowned the most valuable whiskey in 1986, still remains so after 37 years. The Macallan Adami 1926 auctioned sold for $2.7 million belongs to the Cask No. 263. Just 40 bottles of whiskey were produced from that barrel. Twelve of the bottles of The Macallan 1926 had labels designed by the renowned Italian painter Valerio Adami. Jonny Fowle calls this the one whiskey that every collector wants to own and that every auctioneer wants to sell.

He describes the record-breaking sale of a $2.7 million whiskey bottle as “momentous for the entire whiskey industry”. And if you’re wondering what the $2.7 million whiskey tastes like, let’s tell you more about it. Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell revealed its flavour profile to AP News. She stated that the world’s most valuable whiskey contains notes of rich dark fruits, sticky dates and black cherry compote. This is also followed by an intense sweet antique oak. She also says it has flavours of ginger, treacle and dark chocolate.

The World’s Most Valuable Single Malt Has Black Cherry & Ginger Notes


Kirsteen Campbell said it was a very special moment for her to experience the opening of the iconic 60-year-old single malt, first bottled 37 years ago. She hopes the new custodian also enjoys the vintage whiskey. Interestingly, The Macallan Adami 1926 is the first whiskey bottle to undergo reconditioning by the distillery ahead of the Sotheby’s auction. The bottle’s cork was also replaced and new glue was applied to the corners of the labels.

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This included replacing the cork and applying new glue to the corners of the bottle labels. The final price of 2,187,500 pounds ($2,714,250) includes a charge or buyer’s premium over and above the sale price of 1.75 million pounds. The final price exceeded the pre-sale estimate of 750,000 pounds to 1.2 million pounds.

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So whiskey lovers, what do you think about the world’s most sought-after scotch whiskey selling for $2.7 million? Does this leave you wishing to have a taste of vintage whiskey?

Cover Image Courtesy: Picture Credits: Sotheby’s/ YouTube

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