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  • Macallan - 1988 Refill Butt #4180 | Held In Bond Thumbnail
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Macallan - 1988 Refill Butt #4180 | Held In Bond

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  • Region
    Speyside
  • Distillery Status
    operational
  • Type
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Size
    Cask
  • Delivery Weight
    2.00
Speyside

About the distillery

The Macallan distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Craigellachie, Moray. The Macallan Distillers Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group which purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 1999.

Other Information

*** This cask broke the world record in April 2022 - the highest value cask sold at auction ***

 

This lot offers the fantastic opportunity to own one cask of single malt scotch whisky, distilled The Macallan in 1988. 

Originally filled with Macallan spirit on the 5th May 1988 the whisky has since been maturing in a refill butt (cask number 4180) which is currently held in bond at the Macallan distillery.

The cask was regauged on 14th March 2022 summarising the following:

 - New bulk 374 litres | New strength 51.5% ABV | 193 litres of alcohol

This would currently yield approximately 534 x 70cl bottles of 33 Year Old Macallan whisky.

Please note:

1) the cask photo shown is for display purposes only and is not the actual cask being sold.  

2) the sample is shown for confirmation of the colour only and is not included in the sale (it has been consumed to populate tasting notes!).

UNOFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:

COLOUR:
Amber gold with a yellow halo


NOSE:
An exciting, yet reassuring nose of salted caramel drizzled chocolate brownie.  Sweet yeasted rolls drenched in honey, barleysugar florals and chocolate ice cream.  All restrained with a background of fresh orange marmalade and neroli with a drying hint of tobacco leaf.  Mesmerising.


PALATE:
Waves of sweetness carries and mingles mature oak and library leather bound book dryness.  This breaks into a regal spice mix of nutmeg, ginger and ground coriander, over a wash of ginger perkin biscuits, soft buttery dates and freshly baked apricot Danish pastries.  This is a masterclass in sophistication.


BODY:
Medium to full mouthfeel that is unctious and slightly nutty.


FINISH:
A long finish of honeycomb, sweet orchard fruits counterpointed to an influence of dry oak.

 

IMPORTANT:

 - Macallan Distillery require that this cask is moved from their warehouse by the 10th of June as a condition of sale. This will be the responsibility of the buyer upon purchase following completion of the transfer.

 - The buyer will also be liable for an administration fee payable to Edrington to transfer ownership. 

 - Legal ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer once payment has been received by Whisky Hammer.  Funds will be held by Whisky Hammer until the buyer is in legal receipt of the cask ownership to protect the buyer's transaction.  

 - Ownership of this cask is auctioned in bond.  The buyer will be responsible for any costs relating to removing the cask from bond in the future (i.e UK excise duty / VAT) as well as any other costs associated with cask movement and bottling.

 - Non-UK buyers must appoint a duty representative to act on his/her behalf for transfer of ownership of the cask (Whisky Hammer can assist in finding a UK representative if required).  The duty representative will need to be registered with HMRC and will normally charge an annual fee for the service.

 - Please note if the new owner is a UK revenue trader (business), they will need to be registered with HMRC and hold a WOWGR certificate.

Awards

  • World Record - Highest Value Cask Sold At Auction

Consumer protection laws do not apply to purchases from private sellers.  More specifically, the right to reject (section 20 of the Consumer Rights Act) does not apply.  Buyer's rights are significantly reduced when a sale is carried out between two individuals.  Goods from private sellers do not have to be fault-free and if defects or marks were clearly mentioned in our description and lot photos, then you do not have a case against the seller.  However, if the seller's goods do not match the description, you have the right to ask for a refund on return of the goods to us.

 

Please ensure that you undertake close up viewing/inspection prior to placing any bid.  If you are not satisfied with the photos, or if you have questions beyond the offered description and images, please click "ask a question" to make specific enquiries or to receive a more in-depth condition report.  Lots will be sold as seen and described.  

 

Insurance against breakage or loss during transit is available at checkout at a cost of 3.5% of the hammer price.

 

Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against leakage in transit.

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Bid History

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Date / Time Bid Amount
24/04/22 18:54 £915,500.00 €1,083,036.50 $1,157,558.20 ¥183,920,928.85 A$1,736,245.75 S$1,566,969.80 HK$9,032,597.65
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