World’s Largest Scotch Bottle Up For Auction at Lyon & Turnbull

| May 10, 2022

The world’s largest bottle of Scotch whisky, named “The Intrepid,” stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and is filled with a whopping 311 liters of 32-year-old The Macallan.

This magnificent specimen will be auctioned to the highest bidder on May 25th by international auction house Lyon & Turnbull, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The auction looks to attract interest from bidders across the globe. It’s possible the record-breaking bottle may break another world record, this for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold. That amount would be £1.9 million.

The Intrepid Whisky

The Intrepid Whisky (image via Lyon & Turnbull)

And for any amount the sale achieves over £1.3 million, 25 percent will be donated to the Marie Curie charity.

The Intrepid was officially certified by Guinness World Records when it was bottled last year. The bottle, filled with the 32-year-old whisky from The Macallan Distillery, contains the equivalent of 444 standard bottles.

Daniel Monk and the team behind The Intrepid, a partnership between Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, are said to have been driven by a passion for adventure, exploration and a desire to help raise money for several charities.

They named 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 such luminaries as 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.

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The project supports the explorers’ chosen environmental, physical and mental well-being charities. These include Marie Curie, selected by Sir Fiennes, and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), chosen by Jamie Ramsay.

Colin Fraser, who will lead the Lyon & Turnbull auction, said in a prepared statement, “I’m sure there will be significant global interest in the auction of The Intrepid, a unique collection spearheaded by the record-breaking bottling standing at an incredible 5 foot 11 inches tall.”

“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.”

Daniel Monk, founder of the Intrepid Project, said, “The Intrepid could only have been made possible by the explorers and their commitment. They showed unquestionable personal drive and through the auction we will support a wide ranging group of charities with significance to the explorers. This will become part of The Intrepid’s legacy and leave a lasting impact.”

After maturing in two sister casks in The Macallan’s Speyside warehouse for 32 years, the rare liquid was bottled last year by Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, independent whisky bottler.

To commemorate this event, a small number of exclusive bottle sets were also produced. These comprise a collection of 12 bottles, each filled with the remaining 32-year old The 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.

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Charles MacLean, whisky expert 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 flavor being dominated by wood extractives. Intriguing and easy to enjoy straight – with many friends – on any occasion.”

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