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The Macallan In Lalique Six Pillars Collection — USD $600,000 Spanning more than a decade of collaboration, The Macallan worked with renowned French crystal maker Lalique to produce The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. An exclusive series of limited-edition decanters, each of the bottles in the collection is more than 50 years old. The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection was sold for more than $600,000. The Six Pillars Collection marks 10 years of collaboration between the distillery and the French crystal maker, with each expression representing a pillar, or foundational characteristic, of the Macallan’s core identity. This set of limited-edition whiskies were all aged for more than half a century (the distillery seems to have more than a few ultra-aged barrels among the hundreds of thousands in its warehouses), and each comes housed in a unique and quite beautiful Lalique decanter. The Macallan 50 Year Old released in 2005, bottle 234 of 470, celebrating the distillery’s oak casks; The Macallan 55 Year Old released in 2007, bottle 43 of 420, celebrating the natural colour of the whisky; The Macallan 57 Year Old released in 2009, bottle 130 of 400, celebrating the finest cut, referring to the distillation process; The Macallan 60 Year Old released in 2011, bottle 56 of 400, celebrating the distillery’s curiously small stills that are said to contribute to the whisky’s character; The Macallan 62 Year Old released in 2014, bottle 211 of 400, celebrating the spiritual home that is the Easter Elchies House; and The Karuizawa 38-Year-Old Single Malt — USD $26,000 A bottle of Karuizawa 38-Year-Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky, one of a pair of Ruby Geishas released in 2021. This sherry-aged malt was distilled in the 1980s and bottled by Elixir Distillers exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. Each bottle in the pair has complementary labels designed by The Whisky Exchange’s creative director Raj Chavda and is presented in individual wooden cases. This is bottle number 129 of 223. Macallan 65 Year Old released in 2016, bottle 318 or 450, celebrating the peerless spirit of the distillery. The Macallan The Intrepid — $1.38m The Macallan distillery is the flagbearer when it comes to smashing records of the world’s most expensive whiskies ever sold. Earlier this year, The Macallan found its way into yet another record book, this time for creating the largest bottle of whisky ever released: The Intrepid. Standing at 5’11, the bottle and the minis hold approximately 311 litres of whisky (in other words, the equivalent of 444 regular-sized bottles). It sold for USD $1.38m at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh, the bottle contains whisky from two American oak hogshead casks that have been maturing for 32 years each. The bottle itself pays tribute to 11 of the world’s most famous explorers, with each of their faces immortalized on its label. Macallan Distil Your World New York Edition — USD $250,000 It was apparent that Macallan’s Distil Your World New York Edition was going to cost collectors a pretty penny. Limited to just 1,000 bottles, the whisky was originally priced at $4,300 but ended up selling for a lot more online. In February this year, a single bottle of Distil Your World New York Single Cask Edition sold for $250,000 at Sotheby’s. his special Single Cask the Macallan’s NYC-Inspired Whisky Edition is one of only two bottles created by the distillery. It attracted 68 bids before it was sold to a private collector from Asia for triple the pre-sale estimate. The second bottle will be kept safely in the Macallan archive. The Reach — USD $609,40 The Macallan Reach 81-year-old whisky comes from a single cask laid down in 1940 and is the world’s oldest Scotch single malt 8|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 MAY 2023 |LUXEBOOK|9