25 year Macallan cask makes $102,500 at whisky auction

A cask of 25-year-old The Macallan whisky has become the first to auction in Hong Kong, headlining Spink's Independent Bottlers Single Malt Whisky and Rum Event on April 19.

The Macallan Whisky
The cask's vital statistics

The cask, born on April 20, 1989, is equivalent to 174 standard 100ml bottles. It sold for $102,276, exceeding its $96,730 high estimate.

The whisky was aged in a sherry cask, and has an alcohol level of 52.5%.

The Macallan, one of the world's most prestigious whiskies, holds the record for any whisky sold at auction after a special six-litre decanter of The Macallan M made $628,205 earlier this year.

The record for a single bottle is held by Glenfiddich's Janet Sheed Roberts reserve at $94,000.

Also featuring in the auction was a one-litre decanter of 1976 Macallan, the decanter a unique Dutch silver and crystal piece from 1930. It hammered at $3,611.

Sharing this price - the second highest seen in the auction - was a rare bottle of "Aqua of Life" Karuizawa 45-year-old from Japan, described as a "once-in-a-lifetime" whisky.

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