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Macallan releases 65-year-old Scotch for $35K

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Macallan's 65-years-old ‘Peerless Spirit’ decanter retails for about $35,000. (The Macallan Distillery)

Lovers of the world’s finest Scotch have shelled out plenty of dough for this premium spirit.

But The Macallan’s “Peerless Spirit”—a 65-year-old single malt sold in a Lalique Decanter—costs more than many cars.

The new Scotch whisky is one of the oldest ever released by the lauded distillery and it’s the sixth and final bottling of The Six Pillars Collection, a partnership between the Scottish distillery and the Alsatian glassmaker which began in 2005.  Each release has gone on to become a prized collector’s item, with many bottles fetching six-figures at auction. 

According to The Drinks Business, the “supremely balanced” spirit, which was matured in Sherry-seasoned oak casks, features flavors of “honey-dipped Madagascan vanilla pods, cinnamon and Moroccan dates” with hints of  “cracked black pepper, cloves and delicately toasted cocoa beans” and a long finish “with a rich flavor of honey and dark chocolate.”

Sounds delicious. But did we mention Macallan produced just 450 of these bottles and they retail for $35,000 each? No word on how the Brexit could affect Macallan’s future worth.

According to the company, eight out of 10 of top auction sales for whisky in 2014 came from The Six Pillars series. The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique decanter (of which just four were released) holds the world record for most expensive ever whisky sold at auction, for an eye-watering $628,205.

According to Forbes, the first U.S. tasting of Macallan’s latest premium release will be held at a private dinner later this month in New York City.

Where can we score an invite?