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Le Clos smashes TR record with Macallan sale

Dubai-based luxury wine and spirits retailer Le Clos has broken the world record for largest ever travel retail transaction, selling an assortment of high-end Macallan single malt Scotch releases for US$500,000.


The sale, to an Asian collector, included a selection of The Macallan Fine & Rare bottlings from 1937 to 1990, plus The Macallan Golden Age of Travel edition, which features whisky distilled in 1937 and housed in one of 48 Lalique decanters. In addition, the sale included a Macallan Select Reserve 1946 bottling.

The Maritime & Mercantile International-owned retailer made the sale at its Dubai International Airport store, and breaks its own word record for a US$361,000 transaction in January 2016.

“This sale is testament to the hard work and passion of the Le Clos team in delivering an extraordinary service coupled with an outstanding range and levels of knowledge which are exceptional in any global context and unrivalled in the world’s airport duty free environment, no matter how big or small their purchase,” said Iain Delaney, chief operating officer, MMI.

Andrew Day, MMI group chief executive officer, added: “We would also like to thank Dubai Airports for their outstanding and continued support and the partnership with leading global brands such as The Macallan that help us strive to raise the bar in duty free retailing.”

Eugene Barry, executive vice president, commercial and communications at Dubai Airports, commented: “This is a tremendous achievement. We are proud to provide a retail environment where world-leading brands can showcase and present products that continue to engage and delight the 83 million customers we serve.”

Meanwhile Florence Chevallier, travel retail commercial manager, Edrington Middle East & Africa, stated: “At The Macallan, we create the world’s finest spirit for the drinker who seeks a life beyond ordinary. There is no ordinary Macallan sale at Le Clos; yet this record-breaking sale is an outstanding example.

“Connoisseurship, sophistication, dedication; Le Clos shares The Macallan’s values in creating a distinctive experience for its customers. It is this commitment to excellence by Le Clos that aligns so well with The Macallan brand, our precious liquid and the mastery behind every single drop.”

Last month, Le Clos received the largest global allocation of the limited edition Patrón En Lalique Serie 1 Extra Añejo at its Dubai International Concourse D store.

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