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This Is The World’s Most Expensive Collection Of Whisky For Sale

Macallan Distillery recently made headlines with news of its auction sale of a special new collection of six whiskies aged between 50 and 65 years. Occurring in Hong Kong, the Lalique Six Pillars Series collection will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on April 2nd, and is expected to sell for $500,000.

However, this sale doesn’t take the prize for most expensive collection released by a distillery. That award goes to the Dalmore distillery for its one-of-a-kind Paterson Collection.

Richard Paterson, with the collection that bears his name. Gloves are included with collection purchase (I checked).

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Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson, with the collection that bears his name. Gloves are included with collection purchase (Yes, I checked). Photo: Dalmore

The Dalmore Paterson Collection is a series of 12 bottles, and is available for purchase from the distillery for just over a whopping $1.2 million. It is a creation of Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson, a well-known celebrity in the whisky industry, renowned for his fiery tasting sessions. 

So what do you get for your money? The 12 bottles of Scotch are filled with a variety of aged whisky, including spirit that was distilled from 1926 up until the 1990s. They are housed in custom crystal decanters made by Glencairn (which has set the standard for whisky tasting glasses with its Glencairn glass), with luxury jeweler Hamilton & Inches crafting and engraving by hand the silver that adorns each bottle.

The complete collection is housed in a bespoke wooden cabinet made by Gavin Robertson, one of the U.K.’s leading cabinetmakers. Fancy stuff.

Cementing Paterson’s character into the collection, the whisky and wardrobe are accompanied by a ledger created by one of Glasgow’s oldest printers. Each page is hand-folded, and individually foiled in silver with Paterson’s signature before being bound in a book made of calfskin leather. It contains 200 hand-written pages filled with Paterson’s thoughts on the collection and his inspiration for it.

 

It allegedly took more than 1,000 hours to write.

Released in 2013, the collection hasn’t yet found a buyer. So if you’ve got money to burn, maybe it could be you.

You can buy this one if the Paterson Collection is too pricey for you.

David Parry, for Dalmore

You can buy this one if the Paterson Collection is too pricey for you. Photo: Dalmore

Dalmore is no stranger to the luxury whisky market. It regularly releases very pricey bottles, the most famous probably being its Constellation Collection.

However, it regularly makes the list for the most expensive whisky on the market. A recent example from earlier in the year was the Dalmore 50, a 50-year old whisky costing £50,000 ($62,000) of which only 50 bottles have been released, to celebrate Paterson’s 50 years in the industry. All the available bottles have already found prospective buyers.

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