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.
The The Project
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’s on 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: water to 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.
The The Charity
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.