Rolls-Royce of whisky fetches record $1 million at auction

A rare bottle of single malt Scotch whisky has been sold for a record-breaking $1 million. With a label designed by a Beatles album artist the bottle is seen as a work of art — but that may not keep it from being drunk.

Rolls-Royce of whisky fetches record $1 million at auction

One of the world’s most in-demand whiskies has been auctioned off in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the buyer shelling out a record-breaking £848,750 ($1.1 million, €957,800) for the distilled spirit.

The Scotch whisky, a Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, was one of just 24 bottles produced by the Macallan distillery in 1986.

Distilled in 1926, the whisky spent 60 years ageing in a cask before being bottled.

“It’s the Rolls-Royce of malts,” said Martin Green, the whisky specialist at Bonhams, the luxury auction house that offered up the bottle on Wednesday.

A private buyer from Asia placed the winning bid on the bottle via phone, Bonhams said.
Bonhams drink expert Richard Harvey told the AFP news agency that interest from Asia in whisky is booming.