A bottle of the extremely rare Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, bottled in 1986, was auctioned at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh recently for £848,000. 

Macallan had commissioned two world-famous pop artists – Valerio Adami and Peter Blake – to design labels for a very limited edition of 24 bottles –12 of the Adami and 12 of the Blake labels. This bottle was presented in a specially commissioned cabinet or Tantalus, based on the traditional ‘Brass and Glass’ distillery spirit safe.

Another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong in May 2018 for £814,081. At the same sale, Bonhams also sold a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60 year old for £751,703. Although 12 bottles of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 were produced, it is not known how many of them still exist. One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed that at least one of them has been opened and consumed.

Bonhams Whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green says, “The Macallan 1926 60-year-old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky. Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market.”