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An Auction of a Lifetime – The Most Expensive Whisky in the World

Make yours a large one. In fact, the largest.

The world’s biggest bottle of Scotch whisky is up for auction at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh HQ an saleroom on May 25th at noon.

A range of charities will benefit from the sale of the 5’ 11” tall bottle containing 311 litres of The Macallan  Intrepid 32-year-old single malt whisky.

The bottle could break the world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold which is $1.9m. For any amount the sale achieves above £1.3m, 25 per cent will be donated to the Marie Curie charity.

The Intrepid was officially certified by the Guinness World Records when it was bottled last year. The single bottle, contains the equivalent of 444 standard bottles.

Daniel Monk and the team behind The Intrepid, a partnership between Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, were inspired by a passion for adventure, exploration and a desire to help raise money for charity.

They named The Intrepid to celebrate the drive and record-breaking achievements of elevem of the world’s most pioneering explorers featured on the bottle. These include  Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dr. Geoff Wilson, Karen Darke MBE, Olly Hicks, Sarah Outen MBE, Dwayne Fields FRGS, Levison Wood FRGS, Felicity Aston MBE and past Scottish Adventurers of the Year Jamie Ramsay and Will Copestake.

The project is supporting the explorers chosen environmental, physical and mental well-being charities. Marie Curie was selected by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) by Jamie Ramsay.

After maturing in two sister casks in The Macallan’s Speyside warehouse for 32 years, the exclusive liquid was bottled last year by Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, one of the leading independent whisky bottling companies. 

To commemorate this momentous event, a small number of exclusive bottle sets were also produced. These comprise a collection of 12 bottles, each filled with the remaining 32-year old Macallan whisky from the same casks used to fill the record-breaking bottle. Each set includes a replica of the main bottle design along with individual versions dedicated to each of the explorers associated with the project. 


The entire The Intrepid Collection will be auctioned.

Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the UK’s premier fine art and luxury auctioneers. 

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