Luxebook May 2023

sold for nearly half a million (USD $609,40) at auction by Sotheby’s. Distilled in Scotland during World War II the Macallan The Reach 81-year-old comes from a single sherry seasoned oak cask laid down in 1940, making it the world’s oldest aged Scotch. Released by the Speyside distillery in February last year in a limited edition of only 288 decanters, each was cradled on a bronze sculpture of three hands. Dalmore-50-year-old — USD $19,778 A bottle of the rare Dalmore-50-year-old-1926 in a ceramic decanter and its original wooden presentation case sold for USD $19,778 at Bonhams online-only Fine Whisky and Spirits Sale which ran from 20 February – 1 March 2023. It had been estimated at £13,00018,000. Bonhams whisky specialist Georgia Porteous commented: “In a strong and varied sale, the Dalmore50-year-old-1926 stood out for its rarity and desirability and not surprisingly emerged as the top lot. There were also impressive performances from a good selection of Macallan’s with the Macallan Fine & Rare-30-yearold-1973 providing the pick of the crop.” Bowmore - 50-Year-Old (1969) Vault Collection — USD $35,500 Distilled by Bowmore in 1969 and matured for 50 years, this is the fourth and final edition from the highly esteemed ‘Bowmore 50-Year-Old Vaults series. Using American oak ex-Bourbon barrels and hogsheads, this exceptional cask strength release from Bowmore is one of its rarest whiskies to date. It was sold for USD $35,551 in January this year. Macallan - 72-Year-Old (Lalique) The Genesis Decanter — USD $69,800 This 72-year-old is one of the oldest expressions ever to be released by The Macallan. Distilled in the 1940s, and released in 2018, this single malt whisky is beautifully presented in a Lalique crystal decanter. Inspired by the creation of the new Distillery and Visitor Centre in 2018, the crystal decanter is positioned within a custommade wooden presentation case, designed by the Royal cabinetmakers for her majesty the Queen. This exclusive release is one of only 600 bottles produced worldwide by The Macallan. 10|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 Made in Italy