The world’s largest bottle of whiskey sold for $1.4 million

(CNN) – The world’s largest bottle of whiskey, called “The Intrepid,” has sold for nearly $1.4 million, according to auction house Lyon and Turnbull.

The bottle, which is 1.80 meters long, set a Guinness World Record in September 2021. It holds 82.16 US gallons, or 311 liters. This equates to 444 standard bottles, which is enough for 5,287 bottles of sour whiskey made with 2 ounces of whiskey each.

The liqueur is a 1989 single Macallan malt that has spent 32 years maturing in oak casks at a Scottish Macallan distillery before bottling in 2021. It’s pale golden in color and has a sweet flavor with hints of apple, the auction house says.

The record-breaking bottle from Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings was sold by Lyon and Turnbull. (credit: Leon and Turnbull)

It was sold Wednesday to an international collector, according to Lyon and Turnbull.

The Intrepid project was set up as a collaboration between Fah Mai, a Thailand-based investment firm, and Rosewin Holdings, a London-based company, which invests in whiskey and other spirits.

The auction house says project founder Daniel Monk was inspired by his “father’s passion for adventure and exploration”. Eleven explorers appear on the bottle label, including Ranulph Fiennes and Robin Knox-Johnston.

The world's largest whiskey bottle measures about 1.80 metres.

The world’s largest whiskey bottle measures about 1.80 metres.

The auction will be supported by several charities, including Marie Curie and Campaign Against Miserable Life (CALM), Lyons says.

The mega bottle is not the most expensive container of whiskey sold to date. That honor goes to 60-year-old Macallan who sold for $1.53 million in 2018.

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