Metacask Auctioning Off Rare The Macallan 1988 Cask Said To Be Worth Millions

| February 9, 2023

Metacask will auction off one of the rarest Scotch whisky casks, a 35-year-old with cask number #4178 held at The Macallan Distillery in Scotland.

Casks of this age, quality, and size are rare and the 1988 cask has the provenance to back it up.

In a statement from Metacask, it’s noted that this rare cask is valued at upwards of $3 million.

Metacask The Macallan 1988

Metacask will auction off one of the rarest Scotch whisky casks, a 35-year-old with cask number #4178 held at The Macallan Distillery in Scotland. (image via Metacask)

And while the 35-year-old whisky can be bottled now, it could remain in the cask seeking the desired 50-year mark.

The tasting notes on this whisky show that it has flavors of dried fruits and nuts with a faint cereal base. The pale amber liquid starts lightly sweet, with considerable spice in the long and warming finish.

Metacask reported the last regauge puts the ABV at 51.2%, with approximately 495 bottles remaining in the cask.

For this auction, Metacask partnered with Italian visual effects artist and director Ruben Frosali on a 1/1 animation representing the Year of the Dragon, the Chinese zodiac in 1988.

The buyer will own the Macallan 1988 cask and the commissioned artwork by RubenFro, along with the audio-visual NFT of the original digital art.

“Metacask auctioned a 1991 cask, The Angel’s Share, in 2021,” said Nim Siriwardana, co-founder of Metacask. “It’s been amazing to team up with Ruben Frosali and bring to life a uniquely curated piece of art that completely represents this rare and valuable cask.”

The auction runs Feb. 12th to the 19th on Metacask’s marketplace. Cryptocurrency is not a prerequisite to bid, and the bidding will be in U.S. dollars and settlements must be in the form of bank transfers or cryptocurrency.

This will be Metacask’s second auction of a cask distilled at The Macallan Distillery, after the platform’s first online auction resulted in the sale of a 1991 cask for $2,327,563 in October of 2021.

For more information on the auction, check out www.metacask.com

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