WHISKY contained in a bottle made by famed French glass-maker Lalique is set to fetch £15,000 bottle when it’s auctioned later this month.
The limited edition 57-year-old Macallan is one of more than 1,500 bottles of spirits and wine set to go under the hammer in Montrose, Angus.
The world’s second oldest ‘vintage’ Macallan whisky will be sold in a crystal decanter made by the famed glass firm.
It is the third decanter in the Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection and contains an exceptionally rare single malt.
The batch was vatted together from two casks, the first, a 1950 American oak sherry butt, the second a vatting of Macallan from Spanish oak sherry butts originally filled in 1949, 1951 and 1952.
Launched in 2009, just 400 were ever produced.
David Cox, director of fine and rare whiskies for the Macallan said: “It is the second oldest ‘vintage’ Macallan whiskey ever released, only surpassed in age by the legendary 1926, a 60-year-old Macallan bottled in 1986.”
The star attraction is expected to draw crowds of up to 400 people to Taylor’s auction house on April 28.
Owner Jonathan Taylor said there was a “massive market” for whiskey collecting, with common labels bought in the 1980’s and 1990’s now worth selling on.
He said: “We have been doing these for a while because a lot of people are into it.
“There is a massive market for whiskey now and bottles that might have been picked up in the local off-licence for £8 or £9 around 20 years ago can be worth anything up to around £120.
“Obviously if it is a limited edition like the Macallan, it is going to be that bit more popular. A lot of people in the area are very interested in their whisky.”