Whisky Magazine Issue 138
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Cracking the 2,000 index barrier
The Macallan started July as the most collectable whisky in the world as it reclaimed the top spot of the WMI from Karuizawa. The closed Japanese distillery held the top ranking position for seven consecutive months but its lead had shortened in recent months as prices stabilised and fewer bottles appeared in the salerooms. Currently, trades on 695 bottles of Karuizawa over the past 12 months ensured second place, whereas there were 831 bottles when it claimed the number one position last December. Based on live auction sales, Karuizawa was heavily dependent on the major sales in Hong Kong for its position, yet sales in June featured The Macallan more than any other brand. Although The Macallan only beat it by a whisker, the combined results helped the index break through the 2000 barrier for the first time.
The Macallan in Lalique VI secured this year's most expensive live auctioned bottle of whisky from the Easter Elchies estate. This grand 65 years old whisky completes the Six Pillars collection which marks a highly successful collaboration between The Macallan single malt whisky and the craftsmanship of Lalique crystal. These bottles regularly grace the top ten live auction sales list in our year in review. Dragon 8, Hong Kong set the benchmark for this decanter by accepting a winning bid of HK$480,000/£43,400.
Truth be told, Karuizawa still has bragging rights to the most expensive bottle sold at live auction this year. Karuizawa 1960 52 Years O...