Why such a high price? Probably because of the high volume within the bottle itself which holds 311 litres of Scotch (that’s 444 standard bottles to you), giving it the Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Bottle of Whisky.
The bottle stands 1.8 metres tall or just under six feet.
The major feature in what has been named ‘The Intrepid Collection’, the Super Premium Scotch, was distilled at the Macallan Distillery in Speyside on the 3rd of May 1989. There it lay undisturbed for 32 years before being bottled on the 9th of September last year and subsequently auctioned for a very reasonable €1.3 million.
The whole “bonkers project” was dreamed-up by Alan Monk of Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings who named the exercise ‘The Intrepid’ to celebrate the drive and record-breaking achievements of 11 of the world’s most pioneering explorers – 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 – who’re all featured on the bottle in support of the explorers’ chosen environmental, physical and mental wellbeing charities.
The auctioneer, Lyon & Turnball, reported global interest in the auction via live online links and telephone.
‘The Intrepid’ went to “an international collector”.