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Whisky Advocate: Macallan The Reach Sets Auction Record For The World’s Oldest Whisky

October 12, 2022

A one-of-one edition of the Macallan The Reach 81 year old achieved a hammer price of £240,000/$270,487 at Sotheby’s, London in a special single lot auction on October 5th. An anonymous UK collector made the winning bid, making this the oldest whisky ever sold at auction. It was consigned directly from the distillery, with proceeds set to benefit the Macallan Artisan Apprentice Fund.

The previous record holder for the oldest whisky sold at auction was the world’s first 80 year old whisky, Gordon & MacPhail’s Generations 80 year old distilled at Glenlivet. Aged one year less than The Reach with only 250 bottles released, its decanter No.1 was auctioned by Sotheby’s, Hong Kong on October 7, 2021, achieving a hammer price of HK$1.2 million/$154,158. The proceeds of both sales raised money for charitable causes.

This latest sale took place at a time when some whisky auction houses were seeing a significant rise in the number of unsold bottles at their auctions, making the result all the more remarkable. When the Gordon & MacPhail Generations 80 year old was auctioned in October 2021, it was arguably a more crowded market. The day after the Glenlivet 80 year old fetched $154,158, Sotheby’s held a successful sale of the only set of the Dalmore Decades The No. 6 Collection for a hammer price just shy of $900,000, for example. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

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