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Scottish whisky sells for record £65,000 at online auction

The Macallan whisky in a hand blown Lalique 50 glass decanter (Macallan/SWNS)

This rather fancy bottle of whisky has fetched a British record price at an online auction – selling for £65,210.

The Scottish-distilled Macallan cost £3,000 when it was first bottled in 2006 but caught the eye of a Taiwanese bidder.

Auctioneers Whisky Online claim the hefty price tag is further evidence of people looking for alternative investments.

“It is becoming a popular investment and currently it is the third best commodity in the world – if you buy whisky, it will never go down in value,” said Harrison Ormerod, of Whisky Online.

“At a recent exhibition we took two bottles of whisky, together worth £20,000 and we had customers who travelled from as far as the Far East – just to taste it.”

Harrison and Wayne Ormerod of Whisky Online Auctions with their record breaking bottle of whisky (Blackpool Gazette/SWNS)

Harrison says the Macallan bottle had its value enhanced because it was presented in a hand blown Lalique glass decanter.

With 25 years’ experience behind it, the firm has a reputation for its knowledge of unusual whiskies – which they sell on with 5% commission.

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“The whiskies are readily available and are selling at reasonable prices and at the moment we are recommending people to buy Glendronach,” added Ormerod.

“A 30-year-old Glendronach can be bought for £500 to £600 at the moment – while a Macallan would be £2,000.

“The distilleries both specialise in sherry casks which are difficult to get hold of now.”

A second Macallan, a 1928 50-year-old whisky, finished up at £25,100 – again a new record price – even without a box and not in tip-top condition.