Whiskey aged in a cask improves over time, and people pay a lot for these bottles. Sotheby's London auction house recently sold a record-breaking bottle of whiskey for 300,000 GBP (about $340,000), which fell well short of Sotheby's 2019 record sale of Macallan 1926 for $1.9 million, but the whiskey, aged in the cask for 81 years, is the oldest cask-aged whiskey ever sold.
The Macallan The Reach 81 Years Old (the bottle's official name) beat the previous world's oldest whiskey both in age and sales; the previous title holder was an 80-year-old Gordon & Macphail that sold for 142,000 GBP (about $193,000). The Macallan The Reach 81 Years Old comes with a bronze statue of three hands that doubles as a decanter holder.
The decanter is hand blown, and the statue rests in a display case hewn from a fallen elm tree rumored to be from The Macallan Estate, a private tour of which was included in the sale. The proceeds benefit The Macallan Artisan Apprenticeship Fund, which provides a three-year stipend for heritage artisan crafts so apprentices can learn the skills of their chosen trade.