otheby’s is proud to present Whisky in Lalique, the world’s first auction to celebrate the exceptional Scotch whiskies the have been bottled in Lalique crystal in recent years, namely from The Macallan and The Glenturret. This auction honours the launch of The Glenturret Distillery’s first ever 50 Year Old expression and offers collectors the opportunity to procure decanter #1 of this historic release of only 150 bottles, which is auctioned along with an exclusive artwork and an invitation to visit the world’s first Michelin starred distillery.
This whisky was drawn from the last remaining cask from Glenturret’s 1972 vintage, making this the oldest cask in their possession. As a single cask it has spent the last five decades maturing in a refill European Oak Sherry cask which gives the whisky a beautiful antique oak colour. This 50 year old whisky is housed in a striking, hand carved black crystal decanter produced by luxury French crystal house, Lalique and designed by Marc Larminaux, Artistic and Creative Director at Lalique, to mirror the craftsmanship and skill that went into producing such an extraordinary whisky.
In addition to the decanter, the winner of the lot will also receive a unique artwork, devised in collaboration with Method Studio who commissioned Scottish artist Matthew Draper for the project. Edinburgh based Draper works with his hands and his heart, responding emotionally to the landscape; instinctively communicating the interplay between light, water, and land. On this occasion, the artwork titled ‘Loch Turret’ depicts the ancient freshwater Loch Turret that provides The Glenturret Distillery with the water that will become its whisky. This beautiful, one-off collector’s item has been created from pigments and inks that have been harvested by charring and burning the 50 Years Old cask staves - a variation on an ancient ink-making technique based on tannic
reaction that is a nod to the values of provenance, prowess, and passion, which The Glenturret places at the heart of its whisky making.
We are so excited to be releasing a 50 Years Old expression for the first time ever. But to do it in partnership with the extraordinary creative talents, Lalique, Method and Matthew Draper, whose values both mirror our own philosophy when it comes to craftsmanship and the importance of making things by hand, is just incredible. The result is a rare and unique collector’s piece, and the work that has gone into this project really does justice to the remarkable liquid that can be found inside.
The Macallan In Lalique
Since the establishment of The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France in 1295, there has always been a synergy between the two countries, with a particularly special relationship between two of their key products: Scotch Whisky and French. This relationship began in earnest in 2005 when The Macallan’s prescient partnership with Lalique to launch their Six Pillars Collection marked a turning point in the premiumisation of Single Malt Whisky. The ability for distilleries to age their whisky for 50 years and beyond deserved to be marked and the exquisite Lalique designs which housed these whiskies elevated the whisky achieve a certain je ne sais quoi, loosely translated into Scots as “Ah dinnae ken how”. This collection has gone on to be one of the most coveted and most valuable in the history of Scotch Whisky. In fact The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection is still the highest value lot of any wine and spirits sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
This journey has seen The Macallan and Lalique collaborate on a number of different expressions, not least The Macallan M Decanter (a large format of which once broke the record for the most valuable bottle of all time when sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong) and the iconic No. 6 Decanter in Lalique.
1700Captain John Grant builds Easter Elchies House, a traditional Highland manor, at the heart of the future Macallan Estate.
1824The Macallan distillery is licenced to Alexander Reid originally under the name Elchies Distillery.
1860Birth of René Lalique.
1868James Stuart acquires the lease and rebuilds the distillery.
1885Originally apprenticed as a jeweller, after gaining recognition as a designer Lalique takes over the jewellery workshop of Jules Destape on Place Gaillon in Paris.
1888-90René Lalique begins to experiment integrating glass and enamel into his designs, alongside precious metals and gemstones to embellish his jewellery.
1892James Stuart sells the distillery to Roderick Kemp from Elgin. Kemp renames it the Macallan-Glenlivet distillery and expands the site.
1907Lalique partners with perfumer François Coty to produce perfume bottles, leading Lalique to devote himself to industrial techniques of glass making becoming an Art Deco master glassmaker.
1909Roderick Kemp passes away and the Roderick Kemp Trust is established to secure the Kemp family’s future ownership of Macallan.
1910René Lalique designs the classic Paquerettes Tiara perfume bottle for perfumers Roger & Gallet.
1922Lalique founds the Verrerie d’Alsace glassworks at Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, a devoted Lalique glassware factory.
1945Death of René Lalique. Marc Lalique takes over further developing the production of crystal glassware.
1966The Roderick Kemp Trust is reformed as a private limited company.
1977Marie-Claude Lalique takes over the Lalique company, reviving the traditions of jewellery design and developing a fragrance brand which would be presented in the bottles designed and created by Lalique.
1986Japanese Group Suntory purchase 25% of Macallan-Glenlivet plc stocks.
1996Highland Distillers purchase the remaining 75% of Macallan-Glenlivet plc stocks.
1999Edrington and William Grant & Sons buys Highland Distillers for £601 million through, The 1887 Company. The remaining shares in Macallan continue to be held by Suntory.
2005The first of the Six Pillars Collection is released, Macallan in Lalique Exceptional Oak Casks 50-Years-Old (470 decanters).
2007The Macallan in Lalique Natural Colour 55-Years-Old (420 decanters) is released.
2008Art & Fragrance acquires Lalique. Known as Lalique Group after 2016.
2009The Macallan in Lalique Finest Cut 57-Years-Old (400 decanters) is released.
2011The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills 60-Years-Old (400 decanters) is released.
2014The Macallan in Lalique Spiritual Home 62-Years-Old (400 decanters) is released.
2016The final Six Pillars Collection bottling is released, The Macallan in Lalique Peerless Spirit 65-Years-Old (450 decanters).
2017On Sunday 2nd April 2017, The Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection sells for $993,000 (USD) at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
2019On 24th October 2019, The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillar Collection, with a James Laycock French polished walnut cabinet sells at Sotheby’s London for £550,000 ($704,662 USD).