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The Macallan M Decanter-Constantine
Estimate
2,000,0004,000,000
LOT SOLD. 4,900,000 HKD
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The Macallan M Decanter-Constantine
Estimate
2,000,0004,000,000
LOT SOLD. 4,900,000 HKD
Estimates are per lot
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The Macallan M Decanter-Constantine
The Macallan M Decanter-Constantine
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Lot 212 1 imperial - 6 litre
per lot: HKD 2000000-4000000
per lot: USD 260000-500000
THE MACALLAN IMPERIALE 6-LITRE "M" DECANTER CONSTANTINE
The Macallan M Decanter is a collaboration between The Macallan, Lalique crystal, and Fabien Baron. This is the first time the Imperiale M Decanter has been publically offered.

This lot is being offered without reserve and the proceeds will be distributed between local Hong Kong charities The standard 22.5% buyer's premium will be applied to the hammer price, a portion of which Sotheby's will donate to the Hong Kong Charities benefiting from the sale of this lot. The decanter is for collection only from Crown Wine Cellars in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong by the buyer or their nominated agent. The Hong Kong Tax has been fully paid on this lot, however, the buyer has sole responsibility for any transport costs and any duty or taxes when shipping the lot outside Hong Kong.

THE DECANTER
The 6 litre Macallan M decanter stands at 70 cms (28 inches) tall and weighing 11.3 Kgs empty and 16.8 Kgs once filled. The decanter will serve a total of three hundred 20ml drams. The making of this decanter posed a major technical challenge for Lalique at their works in Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, as it is the largest decanter they have ever made. Carrying and hand-blowing this weight of crystal took the decanter to the limit of its breaking point. Forty decanters were created and destroyed due to imperfections before this flawless decanter was completed. Each decanter took 17 craftsmen including two "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" (Best Crystal Craftsman in France) over 50 hours to complete.

"Constantine" is unique as of the 4 imperiales created (all named after Roman Emperors - the others are Caesar, Augustus and Justinian) this is the only one signed by the 3 principals responsible for this extraordinary creation. Of the remaining decanters, 2 will be archived by The Macallan and the fourth sold privately.

THE WHISKY
The whisky for the M Decanter is the creation of Bob Dalgarno, Whisky Maker at The Macallan. He used his years of experience and has drawn on a handful of casks dating from the 1940s to the early 1990s, from nearly 200000 Single Malt casks at the distillery to create this unique interpretation of The Macallan. It is a full flavoured example of the classic Macallan house style characterised by a rich natural colour, derived solely from the wood, interwoven with rich dried fruits, spices, orange citrus and wood notes.

THE PEOPLE
Fabien Baron, creative Director at Baron and Baron conceived this distinctive, angular design with six striking facets paying homage to the "Six Pillars" at the heart of The Macallan's ethos: Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home of The Macallan; the curiously small stills; the small proportion (cream of the cream) from the spirit stills filled to cask; the exceptional oak casks; the natural colour derived from the casks; and The Macallan itself.

Bob Dalgarno, Whisky Maker at The Macallan created a unique interpretation of the traditional Macallan house style while Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique oversaw the production of this flawless decanter drawing on Lalique's 150 years of crystal expertise.

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