The Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old was bottled in 1986, having spent six decades maturing in ex-sherry casks at The Macallan distillery near the River Spey in north-east Scotland. Experts have described the liquor as “the holy grail of whisky,” due to the combination of its vintage, rarity and the bottle’s unique artwork. The vintage spirit came in a unique bottle painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. Only 12 bottles of this specific whisky were produced by the distillery. At least one of the bottles has been opened and consumed, while another was reportedly destroyed in a 2011 earthquake in Japan.
“This whisky is basically the finest and most collectable single malt produced in the 20th century, Tim Triptree, Christie’s international director of wine, said on the auction house’s website.” Over the past four decades, Macallan has built probably the best reputation for quality malt whisky. Located on a 390-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands near Craigellachie, The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 and was one of the first Scottish distilleries to be legally licensed. ‘Macallan’ is most likely derived from two Gaelic words, magh meaning a fertile piece of ground and ellen, meaning ‘of St Fillan’, an Irish monk who travelled widely in Scotland spreading Christianity during the eighth century. The Macallan was matured only in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. In the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, Bond and Silva are seen toasting (“To the women we love”) with “50-year-old Macallan.”