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Published:  23 July, 2008

A rare bottle of The Macallan 60-year-old single Highland malt whisky has gone on sale at World of Whisky at Heathrow Airport for the record price of 22,000. One of only 12 remaining bottles in the world, the Speyside distillers believe it will appeal to well-heeled, high-flying travellers. The whisky was originally filled to cask in 1926 at The Macallan distillery at Craigellachie and bottled at a natural cask strength of 42.6% volume in 1986. It is only the 27th 60-year-old ever to be released. Earlier this year an anonymous collector paid 20,150 for a similar bottle - the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of Scotch. * Talks between the Scotch groups Edrington, producer of The Macallan and The Famous Grouse, and William Grant and Sons concerning Edrington's Islay-based blend, Black Bottle, have fallen through.