Macallan sets another new record for 1989 cask sale
This week saw another record broken in the whisky industry, with the announcement that a single cask of The Macallan Scotch whisky, distilled in 1989, has fetched £242,200 (US$336,512) at auction, setting what is believed to be a new world record for a cask of this particular age. Although the world record for a single cask of any year sold at auction still stands as of October 2017 at HK$2,928,000 (US$375,000) in Hong Kong, a sale that was advised upon by Cask 88.
Last week’s exciting auction in Blackpool, UK exceeded its scheduled finish time by more than four hours. The refill Sherry hogshead has been maturing in The Macallan’s own bonded warehouses. At 29 years old, this cask is the oldest in a series of Macallan barrels recently sold through Whisky-Online Auctions.
Cask 1248 was bought for just £2,700 in 1994 when it was five years old, and so it’s recent sale represents an “astonishing return on investment” for the previous owner. It holds approximately 257 standard 70cl bottles of whisky at a cask strength of 52.75%. The price paid for the cask equates to more than £942 per bottle before commission, duty and bottling costs.
World Record for Single Cask Still Stands
In October last year, a cask of 30-year-old The Macallan broke the world record for the most expensive whisky cask ever sold, fetching HK$2,928,000 (US$375,000) at Spink China auction house in Hong Kong. Cask 88 is proud to have played its part in advising on this historic sale, an account of which can be found here.
Bottles of Macallan in our Online Store
The Macallan is a favourite with our customers and we always ensure a selection of rare and old bottles are available to buy from our online store. Check out our current stock here.
A great example is this fabulous expression distilled back in 1959 and not bottled until 1985:
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