This Bottle of Whisky Was Sold for P72 Million

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About two years ago, The Macallan set on making the world’s largest bottle of Scotch whisky, which it later named The Intrepid, with a 32-year-old brew using a 311-liter bottle that stands at five feet and 11 inches tall. Auction house Lyon & Turnbull announced the auction of this record-breaking whisky last April. 

The auction was finally concluded on Wednesday, May 25th. The bottle was sold for £1.1 million or about P72.6 million. The single malt whisky was distilled at The Macallan’s distillery in Speyside in 1989 and was a collaboration between Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings.

Photo by Lyon and Turnbull.

The auction was conducted across the globe, with bidding taking place both live online and by telephone. The bottle was eventually sold to an international collector.

The 311-liter bottle is equivalent to 444 standard whisky bottles and was officially certified as the largest bottle of Scotch whisky in the world by Guinness World Records when it was filled last year.


In 2018, a bottle of The Macallan held the distinction of being the world’s most expensive ever sold. It was a 1926 Macallan with a signature of Italian artist named Valerio Adami, who designed the label on 12 of its bottles, one of which was put up for auction by Bonhams in Edinburgh, Scotland, and set the world record for the most valuable bottle of whisky ever sold.

The Intrepid project was created by Daniel Monk of Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, in memory of his father Captain Stanley Monk. He chose May 25 as the auction day because it would have been Captain Monk’s 80th birthday. His father’s passion for adventure, exploration, and desire to help raise money for several charities were the main reasons for spearheading this charity project.

Monk and his team named the project The Intrepid to celebrate the drive and record-breaking achievements of 11 of the world’s most pioneering explorers who are featured on the bottle. These include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dr. Geoff Wilson, Karen Darke MBE, Olly Hicks, Sarah Outen MBE, Dwayne Fields FRGS, Levison Wood FRGS, Felicity Aston MBE and past Scottish Adventurers of the Year Jamie Ramsay and Will Copestake.

“For me and the whole team, The Intrepid project has always been about more than money,” Monk said on the final day of the auction. “This is a passion project to celebrate the life of my late father, Captain Stanley Monk, who was himself an explorer and achieved many amazing things during his life. Today would have been his birthday so it was a perfect date to put The Intrepid up for auction.

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Photo by Lyon and Turnbull.

“The Intrepid project has been an adventure from the start,” he added. “I wanted to do something positive over lockdown and the whole team has worked extremely hard with me to make it happen. I started contacting explorers during lockdown to get them on board and found people who could make and fill the largest bottle of Scotch whisky and together we have achieved the dream. I’d like to thank everyone involved in The Intrepid project, which is dedicated to the spirit and experience of exploration and adventure.”

Lyon & Turnbull said that the project is also in support of the explorers’ chosen environmental, physical and mental well-being charities. These include Marie Curie, selected by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), chosen by Jamie Ramsay. The founders of The Intrepid project felt it was important to make the auction accessible to collectors at all levels and created a small number of exclusive bottle sets and miniatures as part of the lots that were offered at auction. 


These include a collection of 12 smaller 50 cl bottles, each filled with the remaining 32-year-old Macallan whisky from the same casks used to fill the record-breaking bottle. Each set includes a replica of the main bottle design along with individual bottles dedicated to each of the explorers associated with the project.


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