It looks quite normal in this photo but we assure you it is a very large bottle of scotch (Picture: PA)The largest bottle of scotch in the world, standing taller than most men at 5’11, is set to sell for well over a million pounds at auction.
Unfortunately, we doubt most of those reading have a spare mill to throw at a 311 litre bottle of alcohol, so this is more of a curiosity than anything actually useful.
BUT, if you just sold a very expensive house, perhaps you could use the windfall to buy yourself something that’s sure to get the party started.
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Just bear in mind that you’ll have to find somebody else’s house to actually have the party.
The 32-year-old Macallan will go under the hammer at Edinburgh-based Lyon & Turnbull next month.
Not only is it the biggest bottle of scotch in the world, it is also expected to become the most expensive.
By volume, it holds more than three times as much liquid as an average bath, which comes in at around 100 litres if you fill it to the overflow.
To help you conceive the scale of this even more, it holds the same amount as 444 standard bottles. So, you could call it a bargain really! Only one bottle to carry, though if you dropped and smashed it that could be a costly mistake.
If you were thinking, ‘what an extravagant waste of money’, well, fair.
But do also consider that 25% of any money made over £1.3 million on the sale will be donated to Marie Curie cancer charity, which could mean around £50,000 of donations.
Colin Fraser, of Lyon & Turnbull – who will lead the auction, said: ‘Bidders will have the chance to buy a piece of Scotch whisky history. They will become the owners of an exclusive 32-year-old single-malt Scotch from what is widely regarded as one of the world’s best distilleries, The Macallan.’
The Intrepid was officially certified by Guinness World Records when it was bottled last year.
Charles MacLean, one of Scotland’s leading whisky experts and Master of the Quaich, said: ‘The Intrepid is an elegant whisky, with subtle complexity.
‘Its pale hue implies second or third fill casks, which has prevented the flavour being dominated by wood extractives.
‘Intriguing and easy to enjoy straight – with (many) friends – on any occasion.’
After maturing in two sister casks in Macallan’s Speyside warehouse for 32 years, the liquid was bottled last year by Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky.
A small number of sets were also produced, each a collection of 12 bottles, 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 versions dedicated to each of the explorers associated with the project.
It was named The Intrepid in honour of the drive and record-breaking achievements of 11 of the world’s most pioneering explorers who are featured on the bottle, its makers said.
These include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Jamie Ramsay and Karen Darke.
If you fancy a dram (or 100), the big bottle will be auctioned on May 25 starting at noon.