Limited Macallan 60 going for $20,000

This is an installment of "Gotta Have ...", my ongoing series of occasional postings on unusual spirits products.

If you have a spare $20,000 laying around, get in line for the December 1 release of a very special Scotch whisky.

That's the date for The Macallan 60 Years Old Single Malt, the latest edition of the company’s Lalique Six Pillars Collection program.

Only 400 bottles are available worldwide, and only 72 of them to be available in the U.S.

The Lalique Six Pillars Collection highlights different aspects of the making of Macallan. The current aspects is "Curiously Small Stills," referring to the small copper stills used in some distilleries in Scotland's Speyside region.

The three previous Pillar releases were "Natural Colour," "Finest Cut" and "Exceptional Oak Casks." The remaining Pillars to be produced are "Spiritual Home" and "Peerless Spirit."

The "Curiously Small Stills" expression was created from five Sherry butts. They are casks made from both American and Spanish oak, and have a large capacity of 126 gallons.

The casks were filled on November 9 and 10, 1950, and dumped earlier this year. The whisky of that era was heavily peated, compared to today's Macallan which has virtually none. The whiskey is 53.2% alcohol by volume (106.4 proof). It is packaged in a Lalique crystal decanter, placed in a lacquered presentation box.

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