Everything we know about that $73,000-plus bottle of The Macallan that just hit the market

Just a little under $1400 for every year the 52-year-old dram has been matured.

By Paige Reddinger 05/02/2019

In 1967, America was at war, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Boeing 737 took its first flight. It’s also the year Macallan produced a scotch that wouldn’t be released for over half a century. Now, those 52-year-old bottles have finally hit the market, and they’ll cost you around $73,000 for 750ml—just a little under $1400 for every year it aged.

A glass of this single malt will cost you about $2000, according to Bloomberg. You may want to “drink responsibly,” and if you’re really trying to savour your investment, you may be sipping on this scotch for another 52 years. This Macallan scotch was aged in European oak sherry-seasoned casks, and in addition to Macallan’s signature scotch flavours, this release also carries a hint of fruit and dark chocolate mixed with peat smoke, cinnamon and ginger.

Only 250 numbered bottles will come to market, with just 14 allocated to the UK. As a result, even your most upscale local liquor store won’t be carrying this scotch. In order to add it to your drinks cabinet (ahem…safe), you’ll have to contact the company or know someone who knows someone.

The ruby mahogany-coloured bottles will be presented in a solid oak box and comes with a matte gold badge for its age statement.

This rare release follows some high-profile sales of rare bottles of Macallan that went up for auction last year. A bottle of Macallan, aged for 60 years, from 1926 sold at a Sotheby’s auction last year for around $1.65 million. But Macallan’s oldest scotch hit the market last September—aged 70 years—with a price tag of around $90,000.

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