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World’s largest whisky bottle sells for more than £1m

Published: Jun 2022

The world’s largest bottle of whisky has sold for more than £1m. The 32 year old, 311 litre bottle of Macallan single malt, was recently bought at an auction in Edinburgh, Scotland by an anonymous buyer.

Whiskey bottle and glass in front of a barrel

The bottle stands at an impressive 5ft 11 inches tall and holds enough liquid to fill 444 standard bottles. It is known as The Intrepid!

Parties from all over the world were interested in the bottle and the final cost is worth the equivalent of almost £92 per dram.

Daniel Monk, of Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, came up with the concept and claimed it had ‘always been about more than money’. This is a passion project to celebrate the life of my late father, Captain Stanley Monk, who was himself an explorer and achieved many amazing things during his life,’ he said.

The bottle’s name is a tribute to the determination and achievements of 11 of the world’s most pioneering explorers who are featured on the bottle, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jamie Ramsay and Karen Darke.

The project also supports the explorers’ chosen environmental, physical and mental well-being charities – Marie Curie and the Campaign Against Living Miserably, among others.

Mr Monk continued: ‘The Intrepid project has been an adventure from the start. I started contacting explorers during lockdown to get them on board and found people who could make and fill the largest bottle of Scotch whisky and together we have achieved the dream.’

Guinness World Records officially certified The Intrepid as the largest when it was bottled last year and, before the auction, it was thought it may even sell for as much as £1.5m. This would have made it the most expensive ever sold!

Gavin Strang, Managing Director of Lyon & Turnbull, the Edinburgh-based auctioneers said: ‘It certainly isn’t every day you get to auction a bottle of high-quality, single malt, that also happens to be a record breaker.’

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