Macallan Lalique 64-year old whisky
It is notable for being the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold.
The whisky is a single malt whisky and is 64 years old. It is the oldest whisky produced by Macallan in its entire 186 year history.
The whisky was vatted from three casks, all of which were built from sherry seasoned Spanish oak. The first was filled in 1942, the second in 1945 and the third in 1946. The 1946 cask turned 64 years old in January 2010.
The Cire Perdue decanter
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rene Lalique, the founder of Lalique crystal artisan, Macallan teamed up with Lalique to produce the world’s most valuable decanter of whisky.
The decanter is made using the Cire Perdue (or ‘lost wax’) process, a 1000 year old process used to create bronze sculptures, whereby a wax mould is destroyed at the end of the process, making the end product entirely unique. The decanter for this whisky is Lalique’s first Cite Perdue piece in 80 years.
The decanter’s shape is based upon a ship’s decanter in the 1820s, the same decade Macallan was founded. The decanted is intended to reflect the beauty of the Macallan Estate.
A bottle of Macallan Lalique 64-year old whisky in the unique Cire Perdue crystal decanter was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in November 2010 for $460,000. It is the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world.
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