The biggest spirits stories of 2018

11th January, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

First whisky for £1 million at auction

The only bottle of 1926 Macallan featuring a hand­-painted design by artist Michael Dillon became the first whisky to sell for more than £1 million.

Sold through auction house Christie’s in London last month for £1.2 million (US$1.5m), the 60­-year-­old single malt was described as the “holy grail” of Scotch whisky.

Only 40 bottles of The Macallan 1926 were released in 1986 following a 60­year maturation period in Sherry-­seasoned oak casks, each with a £20,000 price tag. One was given to Irish artist Michael Dillon to design, while 12 were given to Peter Blake and another 12 to Valerio Adami.

The last world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky was set by The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, which sold in Edinburgh in October 2017.

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