A rare bottle of whisky has been sold for $2.7m (£2.1m) – breaking the record for the most expensive wine or spirit sold at auction
The Macallan 1926 single malt is one of the world’s most sought-after bottles of Scotch whisky.
It was sold by Sotheby’s on Saturday, at more than double its estimated price.
The auction house’s head of whisky said he had been allowed to taste “a tiny drop” of it beforehand.
“It’s very rich, it’s got a lot of dried fruit as you would expect, a lot of spice, a lot of wood,” Jonny Fowle told the AFP news agency.
The whisky spent 60 years maturing in dark oak sherry casks before becoming one of just 40 bottled in 1986.
The 40 bottles were reportedly not made available for purchase – instead, some were offered to The Macallan’s top clients.
And whenever any of the bottles have been auctioned over the years there have been extraordinary results – a similar bottle was sold in 2019 for £1.5m.