The most expensive whisky in the world

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It’s not new – Macallan Scotch Whisky joined forces with Lalique in 2005 to offer one-of-a-kind, ultra luxurious products. But the latest news of this inspiring collaboration between the Scotch distillery and luxury French company Lalique crystal, is quite fascinating. Baroque Access has all the details


Last week, a 50-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch whisky encased in a luxurious Lalique crystal decanter, was sold for the princely sum of £43,000 (that’s approximately $65,000). And if you do your math, then we’re talking about £2,000 ($3,000) per glass. Of course, it’s doubtful that the collector is going to sample the tipple.


Interestingly enough, this is nothing new for the Macallan/Lalique collaboration. In 2010, the duo created the 6-liter Cire Perdue decanter containing the oldest-ever Macallan whisky ever released, a 64-year-old nectar. The unique decanter and its equally unique contents were auctioned in November 2010 by Sotheby’s New York and raised an incredible $460,000 for the innovative charity called water, which is dedicated to providing people in developing countries with clean, safe drinking water. A fine tribute to this magical collaboration. But it doesn’t end there – this amount became the new world record price for a bottle of Scotch whisky! Think about it- that’s around half a million dollars for a bottle of Scotch!

Macallan itself is much lauded. The malt, distilled in Speyside in Scotland, is 46% alcohol by volume, a perfect companion to the luxurious Lalique crystal decanter. This is the latest edition in a series of collaborations between Macallan and Lalique, a collection called the Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. The previous decanter in the collection, called the Macallan in Lalique ‘The Spiritual Home’ featured an exquisite, very rare 62-year-old Macallan single malt whisky. That particular edition was limited to only 400 individually numbered decanters.


The inspirational partnership between the two manufacturers is considered one of the ultimate luxury collaborations to create magnificent, desirable objets d’art. The Macallan whisky distillery estate, which was established in 1824, is also home to the Easter Elchies Houase, which was built by Captain John Grant in 1700 and is the only manor home of its kind in the UK that is part of a distillery estate.

Connoisseurs and collectors around the world have followed the Macallan/Lalique collaboration of fine rare single malt whisky and bespoke crystal decanters since its inception in 2005. And if you’re interested in adding one of these magnificent decanters to your collection, then Baroque Access can assist.


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