Rare and exquisite whiskies sold around the world

Rare and exquisite whiskies sold around the world
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There are very occasions in the world of distilled spirits when one truly feels humbled in the presence of greatness. However, over the past few years there were a few such instances - all of them acknowledging true craftsmanship and carrying spectacular price-tags.   

In the case of rare Scotch whisky The Macallan 1926, global logistics giant, Hillebrand, had to prove its expertise and commitment when the company was contracted to manage a shipment of  two bottles of the precious liquid. When the two bottles had been sold at $600,000 each to a private collector, they needed to be collected by armored truck in Italy. The bottles were carefully packaged in bespoke cases designed by Hillebrand before beginning their high-security transport by air to Dubai.

A specialized insurance package was arranged for this shipment and the entire movement successfully completed by Hillebrand in just 24 hours.

Matured for 64 years: Dalmore 64 Trinitas

This rare and highly limited run of luxury whisky is actually a blend of spirits dating from 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. It was bottled in 1946 and matured for 64 years before being sold in 2010.

Only three bottles were ever made (thus the name Trinitas). One bottle was purchased by an American private collector and a second by  The Whisky Exchange in London for their private collection. The last bottle went on sale in October 2010 for the price of €100,000 and broke the record for most expensive whisky ever sold.

World record price

On another occasion in October 2019,  the BBC reported that a rare bottle of Scotch whisky had been sold for a world record £1.5m at auction in London.

The Macallan 1926 60-year-old single malt from cask number 263 had been estimated to sell for between £350,000 and £450,000. Sotheby's, which held the auction, did not release the identity of the buyer.

The previous auction record for a single bottle of Scotch was £1.2m, set by another bottle from the same cask in November 2018. Sotheby's described The Macallan 1926 from cask number 263 as the "holy grail" of whisky.

Iconic bottles

The cask, which was distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, produced only 40 bottles. The bottle featured at the auction as part of what Sotheby's termed the "ultimate whisky collection". The entire collection of 467 bottles in 394 lots sold for £7,635,619 - about double the pre-auction estimate.

It was reported that this was Sotheby's first offering of spirits from a single owner.

Jonny Fowle, Sotheby's spirits specialist, said this was testament to the quality of the collection. "It was remarkable to see so many iconic bottles break records - homage to the importance of distilleries such as Bowmore, Brora, Springbank and, of course, The Macallan."

Japanese Yamazaki whisky - the oldest in history

In 2019 a 55-year-old bottle of Yamazaki whisky sold for a world record price of $795,000 at an elite auction in Hong Kong, reports Fox Business. The malt beverage was described as  “the oldest Japanese whisky in history,” according to a press release issued by the international auction house Bonhams. Previously, the highest amount a Japanese whisky had been sold for was $475,000 in March. And before that, a single bottle sold for $459,000 in May 2019.

Director of wine and whisky at Bonhams Asia, Daniel Lam, was quoted as saying, "the stunning price sets a new milestone for the market of Japanese whisky, testament to collectors' desire and determination to acquire the very best the market has to offer. We are pleased to see a keen demand for Scotch whisky in today's sale as well."

Whisky vs art

It is clear that, investing in rare whisky, can be seen as tantamount to investing in highly desirable pieces of art or sought-after property. Spending enormous amounts of money on a bottle of distilled spirits should say something for producing exquisite whisky and recognising the value thereof!



  • Rare and exquisite whiskies sold around the world
  • Rare and exquisite whiskies sold around the world
  • Rare and exquisite whiskies sold around the world

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