Rare bottle of whiskey sells for €1.7m in record breaking auction

Rare bottle of whiskey sells for €1.7m in record breaking auction

A RARE bottle of whiskey dubbed “the Holy Grail” of spirits has sold for a record-breaking €1.7m.

The Macallan Fine and Rare 60-year-old 1926 single malt may be a Scotch whiskey and a distinct second best to any Irish fare, but it remains a name synonymous with quality.

More importantly, quantities of this particular whiskey are in short supply, which may go some way to explaining how it fetched a jaw-dropping €1.7m at a Sotheby’s in London.

Widely known as the “Holy Grail” of whiskies, this particular effort was distilled in 1926, and aged in casks of European Oak for another 60 years before being bottled in 1986".

This particular bottle was previously part of 178 bottles from Scottish distillery The Macallan, in a collection spanning seven decades from 1926 through to 1991.

The Macallan distillery is one of the oldest and most established in Scotland, having been in operation since 1824.


According to Sotheby’s the €1.7m sale price is the highest ever paid in public for a bottle of whiskey or any other drink for that matter.

The previous record was set back in 2018 when another bottle of Macallan sold for $1.1 million at an Edinburgh auction.

The identity of the buyer behind the €1.7m purchase has not been disclosed.

However, reports suggest the auction attracted a flurry of interest from bidders in Asia.