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The world’s largest bottle of Scotch whiskey – at more than 86 gallons of single malt – has sold for almost $1.4 million, according to Lyon & Turnbull, a British auction house.
Dubbed The Intrepid, the bottle measures 5ft, 11 inches and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in September 2021. According to the auction house, she was sold on Wednesday for £1,105,000 including the buyer’s premium. At the time of sale, this equates to $1.375 million in US currency at current exchange rates.
According to CNN, it contains 82.16 US gallons or 311 liters of alcohol. According to Forbes, this corresponds to 444 standard bottles.
Macallan’s 32-year-old whiskey was aged in two casks at the distillery’s warehouse in Speyside, Scotland, CNN reported. It was bottled in 2021.
According to the auction house, the Scotch is pale golden in color and has a sweet flavor with hints of apple.
The bottle was purchased by a private international collector who has requested anonymity, Lyon & Turnbull said in a statement.
The winning bid fell just short of the world record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey sold at auction, Forbes reported. According to the magazine, a bottle distilled in Macallan in 1926 sold for $1.9 million in 2019.
Intrepid Project founder Daniel Monk said in a statement that he was inspired by his father’s passion for adventure and exploration. The project was set up as a collaboration between Fah Mai, a Thailand-based investment firm, and Rosewin Holdings, a London-based firm, CNN reported.
“For me and the entire team, The Intrepid Project has always been about more than money,” said Monk. “This is a passionate project to celebrate the life of my late father, Captain Stanley Monk, who was an explorer himself and accomplished many amazing things in his life. Today would have been his (80th) birthday so it was a perfect date to auction off The Intrepid.”
The label on the bottle features 11 discoverers, including Ranulph Fiennes and Robin Knox-Johnston, according to CNN.
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