A new whisky world record has been set with the sale of two bottles of The Macallan 1926 single malt scotch whiskies.

The purchase was made by an international businessman who said they are for his private collection.

Each bottle cost $600,000 making the total $1.2 million.

The 60 years old single malt scotch whisky was produced from spirit distilled in 1926. The spirit was then laid to mature in a sherry butt before being bottled and released in 1986. Forty bottles of this expression were released. To create an even more unique bottling, twenty-four of the forty labels were designed by artists.

Twelve of the labels were designed by Sir Peter Blake, a British artist, most famous for a Beatles album cover. Italian pop artist, Valerio Adami designed the other twelve, which were released in 1993.

The Macallan brand is popular with whisky drinkers and investors. The original retail price for this expression was £20,000 and it was to also appeal to art collectors.

The Macallan 1926 Peter Blake and Valerio Adami bottles (PRNewsfoto/Le Clos)

Geoff Kirk, Director of Prestige, The Macallan, said: “These represent some of the most exclusive bottles ever produced making this an iconic sale that will be remembered worldwide for years to come.”

The sale took place at the luxury wine and spirit store, Le Clos, in Dubai International airport. They are known for a unique shopping experience, including personalized bottle engraving, around the clock opening hours and complementary in-store tastings.

 As they celebrate their ten years anniversary, Iain Delaney, Managing Director, Le Clos said: “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate with another world-record sale. This success is a testament to the commitment of our partners who have supported the vision of Le Clos in becoming one of the world’s leading luxury retailers, not just in Dubai Airport but globally.”

Eugene Barry, Dubai Airports’ EVP Commercial spoke of the sale: “At Dubai International, we are focused on working with great partners who are committed to elevating the travel experience. One element of that experience is Le Clos’ unique product range, combined with the personal knowledge and service their team members offer.”

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Jennifer Hardy
Jennifer is a writer for various websites mainly on the topics of travel, leisure, and whiskey mainly around Europe. She is originally from England, now living in Spain. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found swimming or snorkeling during the summer and hiking in the mountains, equipped with a rucksack and tent during the winter months. You can visit her blogs at www.whiskyadventurers.com, www.tripstipstravelstastes.com, and www.jennifersdesk.com.