Macallan 1989 cask sells for £161,500

A single cask of The Macallan Scotch whisky distilled in 1989 has fetched £161,500 (US$211,411) at an online auction.

The Macallan 1989 Hogshead #3493 cask, sold by Ellon-based online whisky auctioneer Whisky Hammer, was originally filled in March 1989.

The cask’s initial cost in the mid 1990s is believed to be around £3,000 (US$3,925). It was sold at auction last month, along with more than 1,500 lots of whisky.

The cask yields almost 217 700ml bottles of 30-year-old Macallan whisky.

“The Macallan cask sale represents a remarkable return on investment for the seller for which we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of the process, and very proud of the result,” said David Milne, director of Whisky Hammer.

The liquid is described as “subtle and very elegant for such an old Macallan” with an aroma of “spiced pears, discrete peach and baked apples” and a “spicy, warm and oaky” palate.

In February last year, a single cask of The Macallan Scotch whisky distilled in 1989 sold for £242,200 (US$336,512) at auction, setting what is believed to be a new world record for a cask of this age.

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