The Macallan Whisky Makes Guinness Book of World Records
It's not only jaw-dropping that a bottle of single malt whisky sold for nearly $1 million — making it an official Guinness World Record holder — but the money actually went to a good cause.
The Macallan 64-year-old single malt whisky, the Cire Perdue, in a rare Lalique crystal decanter, was auctioned in 2010 for $460,000. It was the oldest, and rarest, bottle to come from The Macallan distillery; now, The Macallan holds the title of "most expensive whiskey sold at an auction" title.
But the sales from the bottle went straight to the charity : water organization, which delivers clean drinking water to countries in need of it. The sales from the partnership between charity : water and The Macallan delivered water to more than 23,000 people, says the website for the organization. In total, it's raised more than $600,000.
Said David Cox, director of fine and rare whiskies for The Macallan in a press release, "We had a phenomenal response around the world to this very special and rare decanter and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the inspiring project which managed to raise a staggering $600,000 overall for charity: water."