A 64-year-old Macallan single-malt whiskey housed in a one-of-a-kind Lalique crystal decanter just sold at auction for a record-breaking $460,000 at Sotheby’s in New York City on Monday night. This sale represents the most unique collaboration to date between The Macallan and Lalique, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting “Charity: water”, an organization that provides access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
The Macallan described the whiskey that sold Monday as the oldest and rarest it’s ever released since its founding in Scotland in 1824. The Lalique crystal decanter was made using the “cire perdue” or “lost wax” method. Stored in Spanish sherry casks since Wolrd War II and left to age for over six decades, the extravagant concoction boasts a diminished alcohol level of 42.5% — just above the cut-off level for scotch classification.
In addition to the premiere auction item, 10 small flasksThe Macallan Lalique Bottle auctioned off around the world starting back in April 2010 and culminating in the final record-breaking Lalique decanter sale last night. The total combined amount raised by the 11 samplings is $605,000.