The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique Cire Perdue
A unique 'Cire Perdue' crystal decanter handcrafted by the masters at Lalique cradles the oldest single malt whisky ever released by The Macallan. It raised US$460,000 at auction with all proceeds benefiting charity: water.
A prestigious collaboration
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of René Lalique, the founder of one of the world’s foremost crystal artisans, we combined the creativity and craftsmanship of The Macallan and Lalique to produce the world’s most valuable decanter of whisky. A decanter made by Lalique using the ‘lost wax’ procedure to create a truly unique, one-off piece of art.
At the end of a world tour covering eight cities the 1.5l decanter was auctioned in co-operation with Sotheby’son 15th November 2010 in New York. The winning bid raised $460,000 creating a world record with the most expensive whisky ever sold at auction. All proceeds benefitted charity: waterto help people in developing countries by providing them with clean, safe drinking water. In total the project raised over $600,000 and benefitted more than 30,000 people.
Charity: water is a non-proﬁt organisation bringing safe and clean drinking water to people in developing nations. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. In just 3.5 years, charity: water has brought clean drinking water to over one million people in 16 countries.
With the proceeds from the auctions and your donations The Macallan and Lalique funded the provision of new wells in developing countries to provide people with safe, clean drinking water.
TheTheThe Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique
The Macallan 64 Years Old is the oldest Macallan ever released by the distillery in its 186 year history. It has been vatted from three casks, all built from sherry seasoned Spanish oak. The ﬁrst was ﬁlled in 1942, the second in 1945 and the third in 1946. The 1946 cask became 64 Years Old in January 2010.
Up until 1930 René Lalique crafted glass pieces using the Cire Perdue or ‘lost wax’ technique – a technique inspired from a 1,000 year-old process used to create bronze sculptures. The wax mould is destroyed at the end of the process making the work of art a true one-off. Today, a new workshop has been created dedicated to the ‘lost wax’ process to make the first Cire Perdue pieces in 80 years, including The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique
The decanter shape is based upon a ship’s decanter of the 1820’s, the same decade The Macallan was founded, in 1824. It depicts the beauty of The Macallan Estate in North East Scotland - the oak woodlands, the fields of exclusive barley, the mighty river Spey and The Macallan’s spiritual home, Easter Elchies House, built in 1700.