A bottle of 97-year-old booze has been flogged at auction for the eye-watering amount of £2.1million.

The bottle of Macallan 1926 single malt whisky is now the most expensive wine or spirit ever sold at auction, and was known as the most sought-after in existence. Sold by the experts at Sotheby's over the weekend, it actually went for double the estimate price.

Oddly, the bottle is open, and the in-house expert had a “tiny drop” of it before it went on sale. Jonny Fowle said: “It's very rich, it's got a lot of dried fruit as you would expect, a lot of spice, a lot of wood.

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“It is the one whisky that every auctioneer wants to sell and every collector wants to own".

It is not known who sold the bottle, or why they chose to part with it, nor has the buyer been made public by the auction house.

Although some bottles of Macallan can be bought for a more reasonable price of around £80, the company is known for it's extremely expensive, super-rare bottles, such as the 1928 anniversary malt, bottle in 1983, priced at a whopping £245,000, according to the experts at Hard To Find Whisky.

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That one is described as being “one of the Holy Grails of rare and collectable whisky”, and is one “one of only 500 bottles in perfect, as new condition, supplied in its original leather strapped wooden crate and complete with a personal letter of authenticity from the then Chairman of Macallan Allan G. Shiach.”

However, you don't have to be a millionaire to buy a bottle of Macallan, as 15-year-old single malt scotch whisky is currently available from John Lewis for a slightly more reasonable – although still more than the price of an average weekly food shop for a family of four – £165.

What a bargain.

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