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If you have a spare $16,000 laying around, you can be the proud owner of the third offering in the Six Pillars Collection, a whiskey-and-crystal project of The Macallan and Lalique.
The first two decanters in the series were designed to reflect the Macallans Exceptional Oak Casks and Natural Colour. This one is an exceptionally rare 57-year-old single malt whisky in a Lalique Finest Cut decanter.
The decanter has been designed by the French crystal house for the Scottish distiller, with a limited edition of 400 numbered bottles on the market. This release was vatted together from two casks: a 1950 American oak sherry butt and a vatting from Spanish oak sherry butts originally filled in 1949, 1951 and 1952.
This is the second oldest Macallan whisky ever released, only surpassed in age by the 1926, a 60-year-old Scotch bottled in 1986 and sold at auction for $75,000 in 2005.
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