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The Complete Guide To Valuing Macallan Whisky

The Macallan is one of the most recognisable names in whisky. Their success can largely be attributed to two main factors: great marketing and a fantastic back catalogue that is suited to the desires of collectors. The range of vintages, age statements and series make it perfect for new collectors and the vast price range makes it appealing to those looking for a statement piece, or pieces, for their collection.

How Much is My Macallan Worth?

Knowing how much your Macallan whisky is worth can be a challenge when there is such a vast range of prices for bottles. Modern entry level bottles can be worth around a £100 while a bottle of Macallan also holds the world record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold: a mind blowing £1.5million.

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Simply fill in the form below and we will put you in contact with a specialist whisky retailer.  If your bottle is suitable they will make you an offer directly for your bottle.  This is perferable for those wanting a quick sale, or for those who are not prepared to take the risk that auctions entail.  There is no charge for our assistance if you accept a private sale.

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Alternatively we can help you sell your bottles through auction.  With close to 30,000 bottles being sold at auction every month you have to be sure that your bottles are being sold in the right auction to achieve the highest price.  There is no charge for our assistance selling at auction

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Please use the form below to submit images of your bottle and receive a free, no-obligation valuation from a specialist auctioneer. We will also actively seek the highest offer from our network of private collectors to help you sell your whisky.

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    Whisky Valuation Tips

    Are you looking to sell your whisky for the highest possible price? It might surprise you to learn that one of the most important actions you can take is to capture high-quality images of your bottles. This ensures we can offer you the best prices and accurately appraise your bottles. Here are our top tips for submitting images of your bottles:

    1. Stand the bottle upright so that we can clearly see the level of the whisky in the bottle.
    2. Do you have the original box? If so, place it next to the bottle in the photo.
    3. Capture the images in a well-lit room, ideally against a neutral background.
    The perfect image - note the bottle is stood upright, against a neutral background with the original box in display
    The perfect image – note the bottle is stood upright, against a neutral background with the original box in display

    What is Your Macallan Whisky Worth?

    As a starting point you can use our handy guides to see what your bottle of Macallan is worth. These are only intended as a guide as how, where and when you decide to sell your whisky also plays an important role in the price you can achieve. Your bottle is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay, so make sure you sell your bottle the right way to get the most for your whisky.

    As each Macallan series is very different to collectors, we have offered suggestions on sales specific to each bottle. Please use the links below to navigate to the section specific to your bottle.

    How Much Is Macallan 10 Year Old Worth?

    Macallan 10-year-old is one of the Macallan Distillery’s most widely available vintage series. There are a number of series, strengths and variations, which means a bottle of Macallan 10-year-old can be worth anything from £150 to £2,000.

    Generally speaking, based upon the bottles we get enquiries for on a regular basis:

    Most Macallan 10 year old bottles will be worth between £150-£300.

    What to look for in a Macallan 10 year old?

    CASK STRENGTH & 100 PROOF

    Cask strength and 100 proof Macallan 10 year old are relatively rare and therefore command a premium.

    • Macallan 10-Year-Old 100 proof bottles are worth upward of £900
    • Macallan 10-Year-Old Cask Strength bottles are worth upward of £600

    Cask Strength & 100 proof

    Cask strength and 100 proof Macallan 10 year old are relatively rare and therefore command a premium.

    • Macallan 10-Year-Old 100 proof bottles are worth upward of £900
    • Macallan 10-Year-Old Cask Strength bottles are worth upward of £600

    Release decade

    Older bottlings are worth more. These were priced and released as drinking bottles so many of the older bottles have been drunk, there are therefore limited numbers remaining, which drives up prices.

    • 1970s bottles of Macallan 10 Year old have achieved over £1,600-£2,300 at auction
    • 1980s bottles of Macallan 10 are worth around £300-£500
    • 1990s-2000s bottles of Macallan 10 Year old are worth £250-£350
    • Modern style Macallan 10 Year Old bottles are less commercial at around £150-£200

    Special releases

    As with all Macallan releases, special edition series or series with limited bottling numbers command a premium.

    • Macallan 10 year old for the Whisky Live 10th Anniversary is worth £1,000-£1,500

    As with all bottles of whisky, the valuation is based upon each individual bottle as there are several factors that can impact the value of an individual bottle. Label condition and the level of the whisky in the neck of the bottle are two of the most important factors for collectors. Additionally, if you don’t have the original box then that can reduce the value of your bottle by as much as 30%.

    If you have a vintage bottle of Macallan 10 year old that you would like to get valued or receive advice on selling then please get in contact using the form below.

    How Much Is Macallan 18-Year-Old Worth?

    Macallan 18 year old is one of Macallan’s most popular bottles with collectors. There is a broad range of vintages for collectors to acquire and they are neither common nor very rare so that they are not too difficult to get hold of but still command a premium.

    The vintages for Macallan 18 year old run from 1963 to 1985 for the vintage style bottles, 1986 onward (released in 2004) the modern style bottle was used with the familiar purple box.

    As with most series the older vintages are rarer and therefore command a premium compared to the modern style bottles. There are also some import style bottles that can command a premium to the right buyer.

    Collectors bottles of macallan

    The 1965 vintage achieved around £4,000 when it was last seen at auction, compared to £1,850 for the 1985 vintage – the older vintages haven’t been seen at auction recently and will likely command a premium for a bottle in good condition.

    Modern style Macallan 18-year-old bottles with the matt box and distillation year shown achieve between £800-£1,500.

    The modern style bottles with the gloss/metallic purple box and the release year shown achieve £300-£1,000

    As with all bottles of whisky, the valuation is based upon each individual bottle as there are several factors that can impact the value of an individual bottle. Label condition and the level of the whisky in the neck of the bottle are two of the most important factors for collectors. Additionally, if you don’t have the original box then that can reduce the value of your bottle by as much as 30%.

    If you have a vintage bottle of Macallan 18 year old that you would like to get valued or receive advice on selling then please get in contact using the form below.

    How much is Macallan 25 year old Anniversary Malt worth?

    We have written a whole article on Macallan Anniversary Malt 25 year old, which you can read here.

    Prices vary from £1,600 for bottles with no distillation year on the bottle, to more than £4,000 for the older vintages.

    As with all bottles of whisky, the valuation is based upon each individual bottle as there are several factors that can impact the value of an individual bottle. Label condition and the level of the whisky in the neck of the bottle are two of the most important factors for collectors. Additionally, if you don’t have the original box then that can reduce the value of your bottle by as much as 30%.

    If you have a bottle of Macallan Anniversary Malt 25 year old that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.

    Do You Remember This Story?

    In 2020 we sold a vertical of Macallan 18 year old for Matthew Robson for £44,000!

    The story went viral being covered from the BBC, to India, to the USA.  

    Matthew had been given a bottle every year from his father as a birthday gift and at the time of sale amounted to 28 bottles, all with their original boxes.

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    It was a pleasure to work with Matthew, assisting him in obtaining the highest possible amount for his collection. Now, let us use our experience and connections to assist you.

    “I was looking to sell my whisky collection of 28 bottles of Macallan 18 year old to fund the purchase of my first house, so I got in touch with Mark.

    My father gave me 1 bottle each year for a birthday present so that by the time that I was 18 I would have 18 bottles of 18 year old Macallan. (Yes I’m that guy who was plastered over the media)

    Mark did a great job of getting professional photos taken of them and creating a PR buzz around the collection and I even ended up on BBC breakfast news, lad bible, and various radio stations around the world.

    At one point my story was the second most viewed story on BBC world wide news app for the whole weekend with over 2 million views.

    Needless to say within a day or two of this PR Campaign there was numerous offers.

    I would like to thank Mark for all his work and helping me with everything.”

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    What Is Your Whisky Worth

    Do you want to know what your whisky is worth but don’t know where to start?
    Use these guides to help you.

    What Is Your Whisky Worth? – An in-depth look at the factors affecting your bottle’s value.

    A Beginner’s Guide To Selling Whisky – Everything you need to get started selling your whisky.

    How To Sell Whisky Online – A rundown of all the online selling options available.

    Sell Your Whisky Today – A simple way to sell your whisky fast.

    Macallan Specific Guides

    The Complete Guide To Valuing Macallan Whisky – Selling Macallan? This is your starting point.

    What Is Macallan Whisky Worth? – Unsure of your Macallan’s value? Begin here

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    How Much is Macallan Archival Folio Series Worth?

    Macallan release an annual Folio Series which celebrates the old advertising strategies and styles of Macallan from their archive.

    The folio series are matured in sherry casks and each edition has a unique bottle design and comes with a book and in a book shaped case. The original releases were limited to 2,000 bottles and only available from the distillery and these are currently the most collectable bottles of the series.

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    Folio 1 has sold at auction for up to £10,000

    Folio 2 and 3 and 4 sells at auction for £3,500-£5,500

    Folio 5 and 6 sells at auction for around £1,300 at present

    If you are looking to sell Your Macallan Folio then we would suggest using a specialist whisky auction. If you would like a recommendation, please email [email protected] 

    How Much is Macallan Classic Cut Worth?

    The classic cut series is a modern Macallan release originally only available to the US market. It achieves around £140 for the Classic Cut 2017 release and less than £100 for the 2019 release.

    This is one to hold on to or enjoy with friends.

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    How Much Is Macallan Edition 1-6 Worth?

    This is a modern series of Macallan with each edition created as a unique collaboration or celebration.

    Macallan Edition 1 was released in 2015 exclusively for the American and Taiwan market and celebrates the different size of casks. It sells for around £1,000.

    Macallan Edition 2 was released in 2016 in collaboration with the El Celler De Can Roca Restaurant in Catalonia, Spain. It sells for £150-£250 at auction.

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    Macallan Edition 3 was created in 2017 with a perfume expert as a blend of 3 types of cask. It sells for around £120 at auction.

    Macallan Edition 4 was released in 2018 to celebrate the opening of the new distillery at Macallan. It sells for around £100 at auction.

    Macallan Edition 5 was created in collaboration with Pantone Color Institute, the people behind the stunning purple colour of Edition No.5. It was released it 2019 and currently sells at auction for around £150-£200.

    Macallan Edition 6 was released in late 2020, in collaboration with the Atlantic Salmon Trust. It currently sells for around £150.

    This series is one to hold on to. If you would like to sell your bottles then we suggest using a specialist whisky auction as this way you will get the most money for your bottles. Please email [email protected] for a referral.

    How much is Macallan Fine & Rare worth?

    The Macallan Fine and Rare series is a collection of the oldest and most prestigious releases by Macallan released as single cask bottlings of exceptional vintages..

    1937 Macallan Fine and Rare

    As with most series, the older vintages are more sought after and the older the age of the whisky the more valuable. Prices for individual bottles start at around £8,000 for some 30-year-old vintages to in excess of £20,000 for some of the earlier vintage 50 year old releases

    We should also include the bottles of 1926 60-year-old that were bottled in the classic ‘Fine and Rare’ style bottles and which achieved a record-breaking auction price of £1.5million in October 2019.

    Other bottlings of the 1926 60-year-old with labels by Valerio Adami, Peter Blake, and a hand-painted bottle by Michael Dillon sell from anywhere between £700,000-£1.5million.

    If you have a bottle of Macallan Fine and Rare that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.

    How Much Is Macallan Fine Oak Worth?

    The Macallan Fine Oak series is a modern series of bottles released at a variety of age statements that were matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and finished in European oak ex-sherry casks. They are available as 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21 and 30 year old releases, with some of those ages being discontinued.

    Prices range from £50 -£180 for the younger 8-18-year-old bottles and £500 to £2,800 for the 21 and 30 year old bottles.

    What is Macallan whisky worth?

    As some of the younger editions are no longer available we would suggest holding on to these bottles as they may become more valuable in the future. Alternatively, if you are looking to sell then we would suggest using a specialist whisky auction. If you would like a recommendation, please email [email protected].

    How much is Macallan Genesis worth?

    Macallan Genesis bottles were released in 2018 to celebrate the opening of the new distillery.

    Of the standard Macallan Genesis there was only 2,500 bottles produced and they have become somewhat of a cult bottle despite having no age statement, distillation year or cask type known about them.

    At their peak in late 2018 the standard Macallan Genesis bottles sold for £4,800 at auction, they now achieve the more moderate price of £2,000.

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    There is also a 72-year-old Macallan Genesis bottled in Lalique as an edition of only 600 bottles. This is the oldest Macallan whisky ever released and bottles of this iconic whisky sell for £65,000-£90,000 at auction.

    If you have a bottle of Macallan Genesis that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.

    How much is Macallan Gran Reserva worth?

    The Macallan Gran Reserva series is a series of bottles released between 1997 and 2002. Most vintages were released as 18 year old bottlings and there are a few that were released with no age statements but do display a distillation year and bottling year.

    Macallan Gran Reserva 1979

    Classic Gran Reserva bottles sell for £2,000-£3,500

    There is also a modern series of Gran Reserva bottlings at 12 and 15 year old, which are less commercial at around £400 and £1,300 respectively.

    If you have a classic bottle of Macallan Gran Reserva that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.

    How much is Macallan Private Eye worth?

    Macallan Private Eye was a limited-edition series released in 1996 in collaboration with Private Eye Magazine. It is one of the most collectable bottles of Macallan despite being an edition of 5,000 bottles and having no age statement or distillation year.

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    Bottles of Macallan Private eye sell for £3,000-£5,000, with the top figure being achieved in April 2021.

    If you have a bottle of Macallan Private that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below and send us a picture of your bottle.

    You can also read more about this iconic NAS Macallan in our Ultimate Guide To Macallan Private Eye.

    How much is Macallan Diamond Jubilee worth?

    There are two bottles of Macallan to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    The official distillery bottling of Macallan Diamond Jubilee was released in 2012 as a limited edition of 2,012 bottles. It has a bespoke portrait sculpture of the queen on the bottle and goes for around £3,400-£5,000.

    Macallan Diamond Jubilee Queen 3

    Gordon and MacPhail also released a 25-year old botting to celebrate the Silver Jubilee and that bottling goes for around £1,000-£1,900 at auction.

    If you have a bottle of Macallan Silver Jubilee or Macallan Diamond Jubilee that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.

    How much are Official Gordon & Macphail bottles worth?

    Gordon and Macphail have released a number of official bottlings of Macallan and the older bottles and earlier vintages are very commercial.

    Sell Macallan Gordon & Macphail

    If you have a Gordon and Macphail bottle of Macallan that you are looking to sell then we would be happy to offer a consultation on the best way to sell your bottle. Please get in contact using the form below.