World’s largest bottle of whiskey sold for $1.4 million at auction

Written by By Zoe Sottile, CNN

The world’s largest bottle of whisky, called ‘The Intrepid’, sold for around $1.4 million, according to auction house Lyon and Turnbull.
The bottle, measuring 5ft 11in, was awarded the Guinness World Record in September 2021. It holds 82.16 US gallons, or 311 liters. That’s the equivalent of 444 standard bottles – enough for 5,287 whiskey sours made with 2 ounces of whiskey each.

The liqueur is a 1989 Macallan single malt that spent 32 years maturing in oak barrels at Macallan’s Scotland distillery before being bottled in 2021. It is pale gold and has a sweet taste with hints of apple, precise the auction house.

The Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings record bottle was auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull. Credit: Lyon & Turnbull

It was sold to an international collector on Wednesday, according to Lyon and Turnbull.

The Intrepid project was born out of a collaboration between Fah Mai, a Thailand-based investment company, and Rosewin Holdings, a London-based company that invests in whiskey and other spirits.

The founder of the project, Daniel Monk, was inspired by his father’s “passion for adventure, exploration”, specifies the auction house. The bottle label depicts 11 explorers, including Ranulph Fiennes and Robin Knox-Johnston.

The auction will support several charities, including Marie Curie and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Lyon says.

The huge bottle is not the most expensive container of whiskey ever sold. That honor goes to a 60-year-old Macallan that sold for $1.53 million in 2018.


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