World’s [not quite] Most Expensive Whisky Sells for $19,741

World’s [not quite] Most Expensive Whisky Sells for $19,741

That’s what a bottle of 50-year-old Macallan Anniversary Edition cost one buyer today, after successfully winning a Glasgow auction for the ultra-rare bottle. Macallan Anniversary was bottled in 1978 and is a blend of three casks distilled in the late 1920s. Sounds delish!

As one commenter notes below, this is hardly the most expensive whiskey ever sold, but it’s still, shall we say, expensive…

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  1. Tim F on August 6, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Hmm – this is lazy journalism by the Sun, I’m afraid. You’ve been misled :)

    “We are not aware of a Macallan Anniversary 50-year-old being sold at this price before anywhere in the world.” This just means that it is the most expensive bottle of Macallan Anniversary 50-year-old – not the most expensive bottle of whisky.

    My company sold a bottle of Dalmore 62 year-old a few years ago for over £30,ooo (not including tax). I don’t know if that’s still the most expensive bottle, but when you add the tax on it’s more than triple what was paid for this Macallan.

  2. Christopher Null on August 6, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Lazy journalism by The Sun!? I am shocked!

  3. Trob on August 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Here’s an article about the Dalmore 62 being sold:

    How I wish I was one of that guy’s friends.

  4. Curly Buttler on August 10, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Macallan Anniversary Edition has a sense of hidden power. It is a mellow whisky that rewards the drinker with a pleasing aroma and taste that does not burn but leaves a feeling of contented well being in the mouth. The bottle is a clear glass with a cork that is covered by gold is a lighter malt not peaty like the highland brands. It is very pleasing to drink.

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