A rare cask of Macallan whiskey that was left in the Scottish distillery’s warehouse for more than three decades after its owner forgot to pick it up was snapped up by a US buyer for nearly $1.3 million including fees, breaking the previous auction record for a whiskey cask , according to Whiskey Hammer, the online portal that brokered the sale.
It’s more than double the previous record of $572,000 fetched last year by a 30-year-old re-racked Sherry Hogshead, also from The Macallan.
The Macallan 1988 cask’s seller was a whiskey novice who paid $6,500 to fill the 374-liter cask of single malt Scotch in May 1988, according to Whiskey Hammer.
However, the owner—described only as an expatriate in Scotland who frequently traveled—forgot to pick the cask up and accidentally left it to mature for 34 years at Macallan’s warehouse in bond before the distillery called to remind them just months ago, Whiskey Hammer told Forbes,
According to the tasting notes, the 1988 Macallan has notes of salted caramel, and orange marmalade on the nose and a palate of rich spices with a finish of honeycomb and sweet orchard fruits.