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News Briefs for November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

•A new whisky record was set on November 29 at Christie’s auction house in London, when a single bottle of The Macallan Michael Dillon 1926 60-year-old sold for £1 million ($1.28m). This special one-off bottle, hand-painted by artist Michael Dillon, depicts the Easter Elchies House at the Macallan estate. With buyer’s premiums included, the price for the Michael Dillon bottle was £1.2 million ($1.5 million), a value that exceeds the previous record of £848,750 ($1.1 million)—set by The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old, sold at Bonhams, Edinburgh in October—by 39% in dollar terms. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Camus Wines & Spirits is gearing up to launch a Cognac aged in maritime and tropical conditions. Last week, 10 sealed casks of what will become Camus Caribbean Expedition Cognac were launched aboard a 102-year-old sailing vessel that’s expected to reach its ultimate destination of Bridgetown, Barbados in January, where it will age for one year. The liquid has already aged four years prior to the sea journey, which is expected to contribute toward its aromatic development and add salty, sea brine notes. Following the trip, the Cognac will be shipped back to France to be bottled in a supply of 5,000 bottles, which are expected to hit the market before the end of 2020.

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