Whisky cask sells for £98,000 at Tennants

Three casks were auctioned off. Photo: Charlotte Graham.

A cask of Macallan 1989 Single Malt Scotch Whisky sold for £98,000 at Tennants in Leyburn last week.

The cask was being sold by a Yorkshire businessman, who had bought it 25 years ago for just £1,100.

It had then been stored in bond at Deanston Distillery in Perthshire.

The cask will yield the new owner approximately 120 bottles of 32-year-old Macallan, one of the most sought-after whiskies.

Tennants’ whisky specialist William McNab described the whisky as being: “The colour of Chardonnay with a rich gold core, being very smooth on the palate with spicy high notes, a subtle and sophisticated nose with warm and fruity aromas, and lingering dry oaky tones to the finish.”

The cask went for £109,760, including buyer’s premium and VAT, at Tennants Auctioneers’ Whisky and Fine Wine Sale on Friday.

The North Yorkshire auctioneers say they have already lined up further casks of single malt whisky, which will be sold in the next Whisky and Fine Wine Sale on December 17.

For further details, contact the specialist William McNab on 01969 623780.