Wine & Whiskey

The Ultimate Macallan Whiskey & Lalique Experience… For $600,000?

Fine whisky will cost more than a pretty penny. If it’s Macallan it will cost even more. But what about a special Macallan experience of 6 bottles in a unique Lalique crystal presentation? According to Sotheby’s, The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection with bespoke Burr Elm Podium has an estimated price of $400,000.00 to $600,000.00.

The estimate of course sounds incredibly high (enough for a house in many great markets), but with over 6 days remaining the auction’s bid is up at $380,000.00 already. Again, this is an experience rather than a sale of the bottles to store indefinitely and it is being offered directly from Lalique.

The image is from Sotheby’s and the youngest of the Macallan bottles is a 50-year whisky. The oldest is the 65-year whisky. Sotheby’s describes the experience below:

For this lot, Lalique themselves have been so kind as to offer an exclusive experience to the winning bidder of this lot and 3 of their guests. The experience includes a night at Villa René Lalique in Alsace with a tour of the museum and a meal in their 2 Michelin Star restaurant.

The 6 unique bottles are as follows:

  • The Macallan 50 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, First Edition 46.0 abv (Bottle no. 246 of 470)
  • The Macallan 55 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, Second Edition 40.1 abv (Bottle no. 273 of 420)
  • The Macallan 57 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, Third Edition 48.5 abv (Bottle no. 202 of 400)
  • The Macallan 60 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, Fourth Edition, 53.2 abv (Bottle no. 330 of 400)
  • The Macallan 62 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, Fifth Edition 53.1 abv (Bottle no. 262 of 400)
  • The Macallan 65 Year Old in Lalique, Six Pillars, Sixth Edition 46.3 abv (Bottle no. 130 of 450)

ultimate whisky experience

According to the auction description:

For this auction and to celebrate the significance of The Timeless Whisky Collection, Sotheby’s commissioned a bespoke display platform made of Burr Elm by Anselm Fraser Design. The wood itself is from a Scottish Elm tree which fell at the beginning of the 1980s, and had been used as the bar top in a private residence in Scotland for the last 2 decades before being reclaimed and re-designed for this collection.

The lot is also supported by Lalique themselves, who will offer a unique experience to the winning bidder and their guest to stay at Villa Rene Lalique in Alsace and dine at their 2 Michelin Star restaurant.

As for the Bespoke Burr Elm Platform:

From Anselm Fraser Design, this Burr Elm platform was upcycled after being reclaimed from a bar top previously in a private residence on the East Coast of Scotland. The raw material, Elm, is extremely scarce in Scotland due to the onset of Dutch Elm disease in the 1980s. This piece of Elm was chosen to pair with The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection due to its ornate burring, which compliments the extravagance of the crystal bottle designs.

This piece was cut down to the perfect size to display the six decanters, stained to match the brilliance of the sherried liquid within and the raw edges scorched in homage to the charred sherry casks used at The Macallan Distillery to mature these whiskies.