Christie’s International Director of Wine Tim Triptree MW enthuses over a hand-painted bottle of The Macallan that spent six decades in an ex-sherry oak cask, and which is expected to set a new world auction record in London in NovemberRead More
A bottle of Scotch whisky fetched £848,000, or $1.1 million USD, at an auction on Wednesday smashing the world record.
Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old, referred to as “The Holy Grail of whisky,” was auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh.
What stands out with this bottle is the label’s artwork and the limited number produced. At the time, renowned pop artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake were commissioned by Macallan to design labels for 24 bottles, with each artist contributing to 12 bottles. Adami, now 83, is an Italian painter best known for his bold and colorful imagery outlined by black lines.
It’s unclear how many of those Macallan bottles are still in existence, but they’ve made headlines at other auctions.
In May, a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold for £814,081, or $1.05 million USD, which was the world record at the time. At that same auction, a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 sold for £751,703, or about $976,000 USD.
“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,” Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said in a statement ahead of the auction.
High net-worth investors have earned returns on investing in collectibles. Wealthy investors make so-called “passion investments” in things like fine wine, classic cars, musical instruments, rare books, jewelry, collectible stamps, gold, silver, gemstones, and other treasure assets.
According to a recent report from Credit Suisse, ultra high net worth individuals on average have about 6% of their assets in these collectibles. And it turns out collectibles such as art, wine, and musical instruments have outperformed more traditional assets like cash and government bonds. The authors of the Credit Suisse report looked at collectibles with 118 years of data.
Of the collectibles that had 118 years of data, the report found that wine was the best performer, with an inflation-adjusted price appreciation of 3.7% per year.
Original Post: Yahoo Finance
The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Christie’s Auction House are set to debut a first-of-its-kind auction lot fit for a true whisky connoisseur. The exclusive offerings will include The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4, an eponymous collection of five rare whiskies from the world’s longest-serving Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, a bespoke Morgan V8 Roadster, inspired by and hand-crafted with The Balvenie in mind, and a trip to Scotland.
To complete the experience, the buyer will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour at The Balvenie distillery, where they will get a first-hand look at the five rare crafts that contribute to the whisky’s distinctive taste and personally experience the magic that goes into each and every drop. It is the only distillery in the world that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings, keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site, and employs the longest serving malt master in the industry – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
The auction will be hosted on Christie’s online platform with bidding opening at 10 a.m. EST on September 25th, 2018 and closing at 10 a.m. EST on October 9, 2018. Featuring sought-after collector’s items and a unique experience at The Balvenie distillery, this iconic lot is a true testament to both brands’ dedication to quality and craftsmanship of the highest order.
Read Full Article: Haute Living
This fall, The Macallan, is launching a new immersive event series, The Macallan Manor, reinventing whisky tasting through a stunning, multi-sensorial experience. The event series embarks on a three-month tour across nine major U.S. cities starting in New York and concluding in Los Angeles in November.
Designed to surprise and delight, The Macallan Manor transforms historic, old-world manors into luxury, first-class tasting experiences, blending the sensorial with storytelling and converting new consumers to Scotch whisky fans.
Guests will journey through four immersive worlds, each a unique experience created around one of The Macallan’s whisky expressions, pairing set design with storytelling and multi-sensory experiments to delve into each of the five senses.
Attendees of The Macallan Manor can expect one-of-a-kind immersive tastings taking place in unexpected locations such as an oak forest with flavor-enhancing flowers imported from the Amazonian rainforest, or a cooperage in Spain. Additionally, guests can expect an innovative food menu, featuring edible clouds for starters – masterfully paired with The Macallan and designed to stimulate and intensify an already premium whisky-tasting experience.
September 20, September 21
The Algonquin Club
September 26, September 27
October 2, October 3
Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs
October 11, October 12
October 17, October 18
International Museum of Surgical Science
October 23, October 24
Arts Club of Washington
October 30, October 31
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
November 6, November 7, November 8
Read The Full Article: Haute Living
Dewar’s Legacy Collection 1893, of which only 1,000 bottles are available at a price of around $3,900, is described as being “skillfully blended from 20 rare and long-aged whiskies, many of which were used by Dewar’s founder” that were “sourced from rare and long-aged casks from Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla distilleries.” It is the first of three limited edition whiskies in a series celebrating key historical moments for the brand.
The packaging this special whisky comes in is rather mind blowing: “presented in the finest hand-blown crystal decanter with handcrafted silverware made by Scottish craftsmen, the design is inspired by the dirk, the Scottish ceremonial dagger. The dirk is decorated with a thistle motif with detailing in 22-carat gold, and has as its centerpiece nine sapphires inspired by the famous Stuart Sapphire, owned by many Scottish kings before it became part of Queen Victoria’s Imperial State Crown. The decanter is housed in a burr walnut and gold metal box, which displays some of the many prestigious awards won by Dewar’s.”
As for tasting notes, it is said that “the palate is rounded, creamy and sweet, with enticing flavors of vanilla, toffee and mature oak, balanced with complex-yet-delicate aromatic spices and coconut aromas. Each mouthful reveals dried fruit cloaked in a wisp of smoke.”
Full article: The Whisky Wash
The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 Years Old - 2017 Release is a new limited edition single malt which marks the pinnacle of the Sherry Oak range. This is the third non-vintage release of a 40 years old expression from The Macallan.
This rare single malt was matured for 40 years in an intriguing combination of three different types of sherry-seasoned cask to create its distinctive style - complex, with a natural deep copper colour, and rich and intense character defined by dried fruits, ginger, wood spice and cinnamon.
This highly collectable release of only 465 bottles is available from December 2017 in select locations worldwide including the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa; as well as exclusive airport retail stores and The Macallan Distillery. A small number of bottles will also be available through The Macallan Online Shop in 2018 with delivery to selected countries.
When a cognac pays homage to the nobility and loyalty of the French Empire generals, particularly the Marquis de Caulaincourt, “Grand Ecuyer” of Napoleon, French Ambassador to Russia and Major General in the Napoleonic Army you have to expect premium quality and taste. The D’aincourt Collection comprises of three Hors d'Age Cognacs aged from 20 to 70 years old. I finally got to sit down with their samples, neat as always because watering down this cognac would not be honoring the French Empire Generals at all. Before we get into our review...
What is Cognac Grand Champagne?
Cognac Grande Champagne is Cognac brandy made from the vineyards in the most respected of the six Cognac districts (crus) that surround Cognac town. Its name often leads to confusion, and assumptions that it is somehow connected with the sparkling wine region Champagne. This confusion is easily cleared up; the word champagne (from Latin campania) originally meant 'open country', with connotations of idyllic, pastoral landscapes. It features in at least a dozen place names dotted all over France, including both the Champagne wine region and the Grande Champagne brandy district.Grande Champagne is located just south of Cognac town, sandwiched between the Charente river and its tributary, the Né. The famous village of Segonzac, encircled by vines for miles in every direction, lies right at its heart.
History of D’aincourt Cognac
D’aincourt Cognac was established in 1848, the distillery is located in the heart of the Cognac region.The D’AINCOURT Cognacs are sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne: premier Cru of Cognac where the finest eaux-de-vie come from.
1st Up - D’aincourt Cognac Extra
Delightful, rich aroma, spicy and a bit smokey, it’s definitely a cognac for the cigar lounge. The taste lingers somewhat, heightening the tasting experience as you inhale it’s aroma.
Up Next - D’aincourt Cognac Rare XO
The aroma is not as smokey, I do get a citrus scent and something like cloves, the aroma hints that the taste would be smooth. The taste is a little more smokey than the aroma lets on but it delivered the smoothness I expected.
Finally - D’aincourt Limited Edition Premier Cru
Can a cognac have a premium aroma? This one made me check. L.E. Premier Cru is made from the rare blend of very mature eaux de vie, some aged over 70 years old. It is made entirely from Grande Champagne, the finest of the Cognac crus. Gents, inhale deeply as this embraces your palate.
All three have a rich golden hues and long “tears” along the inside of the glass, it’s what you would expect with mature cognacs. The L.E. Premier Cru has the lightest shade.
If I had to put in order of what I enjoyed most it would be the Premier Cru 1st, 2nd would be the Rare XO, followed by the Cognac Extra.
Grab a Davidoff cigar, Trinidad Short Robusto or whatever cigar you enjoy, these cognacs will go well with most.
To purchase we suggest you contact the good folks here: D’aincourt