‘Holy Grail’ of whisky sells for eye-watering £850,000 at auction

‘Holy Grail’ of whisky sells for eye-watering £850,000 at auction

A RARE bottle of whisky has sold for a staggering £848,750 at an auction in Edinburgh.

The mystery phone bidder paid £700,000 plus a £148,000 sales premium at the Bonhams Whisky Sale on Wednesday.

That would make each 25ml shot of whisky from the 75cl bottle a whopping £28,291.67.

The sought-after tipple was the 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926.

Bottled in 1986 after being aged in a vat for 60 years, it was described by Bonhams whisky specialist Martin Green as being in a league of its own.

“The Macallan 1926 60-year-old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky,” he said.


“Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market.”

Macallan commissioned world-famous pop artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake to design labels for a limited edition of 24 bottles, which each artist’s design gracing 12 bottles each.

It is not known how many of the Macallan Valerio Adami still exist.

One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed that at least one of them has been opened and consumed.

The previous world record for a bottle of whisky was also for a Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, which sold at Bonhams Hong Kong in May for £814,081.