May 24, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers
The Macallan Millennium 50 Year Old
Limited to 900 bottles, The Macallan Millennium was distilled in 1949 and aged for 50 years in Spanish oak Sherry casks, and bottled in 1999. It comes in a Caithness glass decanter accompanied by a stopper, and its own fitted oak presentation case. It is estimated at £15,000-17,000.
With a taste described as “Christmas cake-style fruit”, The Macallan Millennium is thought to be greatest aged Macallan whisky, according to Bonhams.
In 1949, the Speyside distillery used its own traditional malting floors, heating the air to dry the fermented barley and turn it into malt. Facing a post-war shortage of coal, the distillery added more peat than usual into the mix.
Crystal Decanter of Duncan Taylor The Macallan 42 Year Old
The sale also features a crystal decanter of The Macallan 42 Year Old, estimated at £12,000-£15,000. Distilled at the Macallan Distillery in 1969, it was bottled by Duncan Taylor and is part of the company’s The Rarest Collection. The decanter is housed in a presentation case made from the oak cask in which the whisky matured.
“These two Macallans are among the finest whiskies to come to auction in recent times,” said Bonhams whisky specialist Martin Green. “The reputation of both is justifiably very high among collectors. This is reflected in the high estimates and the decanters will, I am sure, be keenly sought after.”
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