The Magnificent Macallan 1949 Millennium Decanter

On 14 January 1949 something truly special was created. Macallan filled a small number of sherry casks with their spirit, which would be left to slumber for 50 years. Fast forward to August 1999, preparations were being made for the potential ‘Millennium Bug’, wreaking havoc with computers and electronic devices, and celebrations were being planned for the dawning of a new millennium. It this occasion that prompted Macallan to awaken the spirit, remove it from the casks, and fill it into 900 Caithness glass decanters.

As driven corks were used, a copper-covered stopper has been provided to use after the bottle has been opened, with copper also around the neck of the bottle. This exquisite package is finished off with a wonderful lockable hardwood box.

This is one of the most luxurious Macallans produced, and lot 1072 is an excellent example of this legendary whisky.

With an estimate of £20,000 to £30,000 it is sure to draw the attention of bidders at home and abroad.

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Graeme Maxwell

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