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Record US$361,000 rare whisky sale at Le Clos

Le Clos, the Dubai-based fine wine and luxury spirits retailer, has completed a record-breaking sale of more than US$361,000 at its store in Dubai International airport. The sale sets the world record for the largest sale in the travel retail sector.  

The sale consisted of 19 bottles of The Macallan’s Fine and Rare Collection of whiskies, with vintages ranging from 1938 to 1974. Some of these are extremely scarce vintages, with fewer than 100 bottles ever produced. Due to Le Clos’ established reputation for bringing rare and unique products to market, it has been trusted by The Macallan distillery to be one of the few spiritual homes to retail the Fine and Rare Collection globally.   

Marek Sheridan, managing director, Le Clos, says: “We are delighted that buyers trust and choose Le Clos to purchase such wonderful and rare products like The Macallan. Our extensive range and ability to delight customers with world-class experiences is testament to our powerful collaborations with valued partners such as The Macallan and we look forward to sharing even greater successes as we expand the Le Clos footprint of outlets.”

Ken Grier, global brand director, The Macallan, adds: “Our partnership with Le Clos has gone from strength to strength and this fantastic news is testament to this. They truly understand the value of The Macallan and those customers who seek highly collectable single malts. We are delighted to be part of their on-going success and look forward to continuing with this great relationship for the long term.”

The Macallan is recognised as one of the most collectable whiskies in the world. The buyer, a Dubai based businessman is now the proud owner of an extensive collection of The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection.  As a further gesture of appreciation, he has also been invited to a private dinner at The Macallan estate, courtesy of Le Clos and the distillery, to truly immerse himself in the provenance of the Fine and Rare Collection. This demonstrates the Le Clos commitment to always going the extra mile, both before, during and after the purchase, to ensure delighted customers every time.

This sale surpasses Le Clos’ previous record-breaking sale, which took place in 2014. A Chinese national purchased The Macallan Lalique series and other 50 Year Old malts for a previous record of US$112,780.

8 January 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor