Whisky Focus - Macallan Select Reserve 1948 Fetches £4400 At Charity Auction

Macallan Select Reserve 1948 Fetches £4400 At Charity Auction

3rd July 2013
Rare bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve 1948 raises £4400 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A very rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve which was donated by Maxxium UK has sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction. The money raised in the auction will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; an organisation that cares for terminally ill patients and their families.

The Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction was eld in a spectacular purpose-built pavilion on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and hosted by Heather Kerzner, guests at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party, enjoyed The Macallan Amber cocktails while participating in an auction of art, antiques and luxury items.

The rare Macallan Select Reserve 1948 was distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd. Label date is 26th November, in sealed presentation case within original cardboard tube, outer carton and certificate of authenticity. One 700ml bottle and one unbranded 5cl bottle.

The Macallan Select Reserve 1948 was selected from three Spanish oak sherry casks, laid down to mature in winter 1948, at The Macallan, on the Easter Elchies Estate. Distilled from barley harvested in the late summer of 1947, this very rare single malt whisky bears the hallmarks expected of The Macallanís mastery of excellence, revealing a resinous, spicy, citrus character, swathed in fruit and the rich phenols associated with the immediate post war years. A rare and special whisky, with only a handful available at auction in the last three years, Jim Murray comments that "The nose is exceptional."

Marketing Director at Maxxium UK, Peter Sandstrom commented: "We have had a fantastic response to this very special whisky and are thrilled with the result of last nightís auction which has raised £4,400 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, a very worthy cause."

Exhibitor at Masterpiece London 2013, the capitalís leading art, antiques and design fair, The Macallan showcased Masters of Photography Annie Leibovitz prints and a specially commissioned sculpture by John Galvin which used wood from Macallan casks to display the brandís new 1824 Series.

Throughout the eight days over 3000 consumers sampled The Macallan 1824 Series. Guests also enjoyed Macallan Amber and Sienna cocktails which were available at the restaurants and bars run by Caprice and Birley within the exhibition space. This year The Macallanís sampling programme focuses on the contemporary art world, with the luxury malt whisky brand exhibiting at design junction in September this year.

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