Bottle of 78-Year-Old Macallan Sells for More Than $100,000
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Bottle of 78-Year-Old Scotch Sells at Auction for More Than $100,000


This bottle of The Macallan 78 Year sold for more than $100,000. (Photo: Bonhams Whisky Sale)

A bottle of The Macallan 78 Year Old — one of the oldest whiskies in the world — sold for £79,300 (103,368) at Bonhams Whisky sale Thursday in Edinburgh.

“I am delighted by the great result achieved for this very special whisky,” Martin Green, Bonhams head of whisky, said in a news release. “As expected, the bottle attracted intense bidding from collectors across the world and the excellence and rarity of the whisky are reflected in the very impressive price.’

Coming from Macallan’s Red Collection, the bottle is number 133 of a limited edition and was presented in its original oak and Bridge of Weir leather-lined case. It was estimated to sell for £65,000-70,000.

The Macallan 78 was the top seller at the sale. The second-highest seller was a lot of the Bowmore Trilogy, comprising Black Bowmore 42 Year Old, White Bowmore 43 Year Old and Gold Bowmore 44 Year Old, which sold for £54,900 ($71,536).

The Bonhams Whisky Sale made a total of £333,341 ($434,409).

Previous Bonhams Whisky Sales included a decanter of The Macallan Lalique 55 Years Old selling for about $112,000 in December and a 250-milliliter bottle of Karuizawa 47 Year Old Japanese whisky in January.

The world’s oldest known whisky is an 81-year-old from The Macallan.

The Macallan 78 Year Old Tasting Notes

Color: Sunset on the Spey

Nose: A fresh fruit medley of apple, peach and grape moving into fresh lime and verbena. Antique oak and soft leather move quickly into a luxurious dark chocolate and dried fruit sensation. The dried fruits are a balance of dates and raisins. Finally, a rich inviting vanilla cake.

Palate: Warming oak spice of nutmeg and ginger open into the rich dried fruits of raisin, prune, date and a hint of almond nuttiness. The oak rich whisky is warming yet dry with powerful treacle toffee and a baked apple sweetness.

Finish: A long thought provoking finish, all of the flavours from the nose and the taste make an appearance in this finish….Remarkable.

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