Normally for the drinks cabinet Elysium Magazine would be recommending a tipple in plentiful supply but this time it’s different. This time there is only one, and it’s very expensive. If you’re quick and a discerning gent of extremely substantial means, for your drinks cabinet this time round is a single bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami whisky.
This is no ordinary whisky; let us get that clear up front. Dubbed the ‘holy grail’ of spirits, This is an extremely rare Scotch whisky made in 1926 and stored in a vat for 60 years before being bottled in 1986. Macallan commissioned Peter Blake and Valerio Adami to design labels for very limited editions, to offer as corporate gifts to the distillery’s most valued customers. Only 24 bottles –12 of the Blake label and 12 of the Adami label – were ever produced, but no one actually knows how many remain.
This whisky is so special; the bottle itself is housed in its very own specially commissioned cabinet – or tantalus, based on the traditional ‘Brass and Glass’ distillery spirit safe if you may. Therefore, it is a drinks cabinet within a drinks cabinet if you like.
Now for the cost – given its rarity and demand this whisky is set to break records. Billed as soon-to-be the most expensive whisky in the world, it is estimated to fetch between £700,000 to £900,000 at auction on 3rd October this year via Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh.