Is This Whisky Really Worth $35,000?

Released today, The Macallan 65 might actually be a steal

June 6, 2016 9:00 am

Look, we’re not always a fan of age statements on whiskies.

That said: they can be worth a lot.

Take The Macallan 65 Years Old, released today.

The limited-edition spirit comes in a Peerless Spirit decanter designed and created by the French crystal house Lalique. It’s the sixth and final release in the brand’s “Six Pillars Collection,” which began in 2005.

According to the press release, the design of the bottle was based around “a single peerless drop of The Macallan” and influenced by the blown and pinched technique used the Rene Lalique for his Lalique perfume bottles.

At launch, there are only 450 individually numbered decanters available for purchase.  

And it’ll cost you. Around $35,000.

As for the hooch itself: the whisky a is 65-year-old single malt aged in sherry-seasoned oak casks and possessing a dark walnut color and an ABV of 46.3%. Suggested tasting notes (and no, we didn’t get to try it): “Supremely balanced with comforting notes of honey-dipped Madagascan vanilla pods, cinnamon and Moroccan dates. Medium body with hints of cracked black pepper, cloves and delicately toasted cocoa beans. The finish is very long and deeply satisfying with a rich flavor of honey and dark chocolate.”

Our suggestion? Buy it, sit on it for a bit (what’s another year or two after 65, anyway?) and sell for a tidy profit. As a brand rep points out, The Macallan accounted for the top ten priced bottles sold at recent auctions, and eight out of those were decanters from The Six Pillars Collection.

If you’re interested in purchasing a bottle, you can email The Macallan here.


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