Macallan 1926

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Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case

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Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
Worldwide Shipping
Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case
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Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case

Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami Display Case

Regular price $1,407,633.00
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  • 1 of only 12 Cases
  • Authenticated by Macallan

This case was designed to house the most expensive bottle of whisky in the world, the Macallan 1926 60 Year Old, and has been verified by Macallan themselves.

Only 40 bottles of the elusive 1926 60 year old whisky have ever existed. They were drawn from the legendary cask #263 in 1986 after maturing in Macallan’s warehouse for 60 years.

Of the 40 bottles, twelve had labels designed by Sir Peter Blake, twelve had labels designed by Italian Artist Valerio Adami, fourteen had a more classic Macallan label as part of the Fine & Rare Series, and two had no label at all.

Only the bottles with the Peter Blake or Valerio Adami labels had an accompanying mahogany and glass case such as this one. The small plaque bearing the year 1926 at the bottom of each case was silver for the Peter Blake bottles and bronze for the Valerio Adami bottles

This particular case has a bronze plaque, and was therefore designed to be paired with a Valerio Adami bottle. 

Of the twelve Valerio Adami bottles that were created, we know that one was destroyed in a Japanese earthquake in 2011, one has been drunk, and one is for sale at Sotheby's later this month complete with its original case.

This means that, at most, there are ten Valerio Adami bottles remaining, and we can only be certain that the one currently at Sotheby’s has its case.

Any owner of a Valerio Adami bottle without its case would surely consider this item to be almost priceless, whether they were looking to enhance their bottle’s value or to simply display it in the way that was intended through a sheer love of whisky. 

Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to own a piece of whisky history.


Every Edition of the 1926 Macallan 60 Year Old:

The Case

A Piece of Whisky History... Without the Whisky...

How the owner found the Case

The empty Macallan case found its way to the South Coast of England where, in 2015 or 2016, a chance visit to eBay by a Macallan enthusiast thrust the case back into the spotlight. The buyer was certain, convinced, that the case had once housed the fabled Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami, due to the bronze plaque on the bottom of the case. So, he bought it. 

The buyer took the case to Macallan for independent verification in 2018. Margaret Gray from the Macallan distillery helped with the verification. Sure enough, the case was genuine, and was compared to the case of a Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Peter Blake. They were identical.

The buyer took the case back home and used it to hold a Macallan 1954 Fine & Rare that he had in his collection. 

Valuation

Correspondance with Mark Littler

“This is an incredibly difficult item to value.  However, bottles of rare single malt whisky missing their box regularly sell for between 15-30% less than those with their original box.  The £138,600 figure is based on 15% of the last bottle of 1926 Valerio Adami that sold (£924,000).  

I understand that the valuation of the case might raise eyebrows, and it's important to highlight the distinct nature of rare whisky collecting. The £138,000 price tag, though undeniably expensive for a case, reflects the rarity and desirability of the Macallan 1926 60 year old. For the individual who possesses the corresponding Macallan bottle, missing its original case, this box is not just packaging—it's a vital piece of the whisky's legacy, rendering it priceless. In this unique market, such elements are key in preserving both the monetary and sentimental value of these rare treasures.”

Ethics

It is undeniable that the sale of empty bottles and loose labels are fuelling the market for counterfeit bottles of whisky.

Indeed, we have spoken at length about this on our blog and YouTube channel.

Some might say that we are now being hypocritical by selling an empty case that was designed to hold the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky.  

However, we feel that the sale of this case is completely different to selling on empty bottles and loose labels.

This is not just a case for a bottle of whisky.  It is a case for THE Macallan 1926 60 Year Old - the bottle that holds the title of being the worlds most expensive at over £1.45 million.

Consequently, every bottle of 1926 60 year old Macallan that comes to market undergoes intense scrutiny.  

Sotheby’s have recently upped the ante in terms of pre-sale authentication prior to the upcoming sale of a bottle of 1926 Macallan.  They have collaborated with Macallan to draw a 1ml liquid sample to test against another 1926 bottle at the Edrington offices in Glasgow.  

As a result Sothebys’ have set this level of authentication (i.e. authenticating the liquid and not only the bottle and label) as “the foundation for all other 1926 bottles that may undergo testing in the future.”

Going forwards, no self respecting plutocrat looking to purchase a 1926 Macallan is going to settle for any less than this newly established ‘best practice’ measure of authentication.

Buying this case in the hope that its legitimacy might ease along the sale of a counterfeit bottle of 1926 would be utterly pointless.  There is no escaping the fact that the liquid will be tested by Macallan themselves.

These rigorous measures arguably make the Macallan 1926 60 year old the most secure and scrutinized bottle on the market.

Macallan

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