A rare and coveted 48-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch whiskey has been purchased from Town & Country Market Lakemont for $76,000.
The bottle was one of only 25 bottles of the 1969 Macallan from sherry oak casks available in the world – and the only one sold in the United States.
The bottle was owned by Duncan Taylor & Company, an independent alcoholic beverages company based in Scotland, known for having one of the largest privately held collections of rare Scotch whisky casks in the world.
Brandi Adams of American Northwest Distributors, sole distributor of Duncan Taylor offerings in the Northwest, worked with Antoine Pin, who is the Beer, Wine & Spirits Manager at T&C Market Lakemont, in matching customer with bottle.
Duncan Taylor has been brokering and bottling Scotch whisky since 1938, and bought this cask of whisky from the Macallan Distillery in 1969. It has been maturing in its sherry cask in a Duncan Taylor warehouse for 48 years. The bottle purchased by the T&C Market customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, is the only bottle from this cask coming to the United States. Although a Las Vegas casino originally expressed an interest in four more bottles, according to Peter Currie of Duncan Taylor, all the other bottles headed to Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia, according to Currie.
“It was a very exciting thing to find a collector who truly appreciated this bottle,” Joel Larway, director of T&C Market Lakemont, said. “And we owe many thanks to Antoine and Brandi Adams of American Northwest for playing matchmaker.”
This is a most unlikely occurrence for a market that considers itself an “everyday market,” said Bill Weymer, CEO of T&C Markets Inc.
Macallan’s is the ultimate distillery for collectors of single malt whisky. The distillery, founded in 1824 in northeastern Scotland, is one of the first in Scotland to be legally licensed and now garners global recognition. The 390-acre Macallan estate set a world record in 2010 when a 64-year-old bottle of its whisky fetched $460,000 in a charity fundraiser at Sotheby’s in New York. The distillery is known for its “curiously small” copper stills – stills so famous they’ve appeared on the back of a £10 banknote for the Bank of Scotland – and its oak casks. They describe the casks as “… the single greatest contributors to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours…” of their whisky.
This particular bottle is ensconced in its own oak box with a Glencairn (a Scottish crystal company) decanter and stopper. The purchase occurred in July and the new owner was treated to a stay at the Duncan Taylor property in Scotland, where he bottled the whisky himself.
Town & Country Market Lakemont is one of six markets in the Town & Country Market family. The company, locally owned and established in 1957, includes three neighborhood markets – in Lakemont, Ballard and Bainbridge Island – and three Central Markets – in Mill Creek, Shoreline and Poulsbo.