New world record for whisky cask auction in HK

7th July, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

A full cask of The Macallan Scotch whisky has smashed its pre-sale estimate to fetch almost HK$2million at auction in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for a whisky cask sale.


A full cask of The Macallan Scotch whisky has set a new world record for the most expensive whisky barrel sold at auction, Spink Hong Kong has claimed

Spink auction house sold the cask, containing the equivalent of approximately 490 bottles at cask strength of 53.4%, for HK$1.952m on Friday 4 July.

The sale was part of Spink’s Wine and Spirits auction, which saw the sale of 136 valuable and rare bottlings.

The 24-year-old cask of The Macallan, containing liquid first barreled in 1991, was initially estimated to fetch HK$1.6m at auction.

While the world’s first cask of whisky ever to be sold at auction – a 25-year-old barrel of The Macallan – was bought for HK$793,000 in Hong Kong, this recent sale of The Macallan barrel is said to have created a new world record.

Other highlights of last week’s sale included two crystal decanters of Scotch whiskies by the independent bottler Silver Seal, fetching HK$32,940 and HK$35,380 respectively.

A collection of nine single malts commemorating the 30th anniversary of Moon Import fetched HK$40,260, while a Louis XIII de Rémy Martin fetched HK$24,400 and an 18 year old Macallan 1979 Gran Reserva was bought for KH$19,520.

In January this year, a six-litre decanter of The Macallan M broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive whisky when it sold at auction in Hong Kong for £381,620.

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