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Bottoms up: World's most expensive whisky sells for $628,000

The six-liter bottle of single malt scotch by Macallan went for much more than the expected range of $258,000 to $516,000, according to Sotheby's.

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This six-liter bottle of Macallan "M" whisky sold for a world record $628,000 at a recent auction in Hong Kong. (Macallan/Courtesy)

When's the last time you paid a half-million dollars for a drink?

Someone in Hong Kong just did, shelling out more than $628,000 for what is now the world's most expensive bottle of whisky.

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What makes this rare Macallan "M" whisky so special?

First, there's the bottle.

One of only four ever made, the faceted crystal decanter stands 28 inches tall and holds 6 liters of single malt scotch -- about as much as 3 bottles of soda.

It took 17 craftsman more than 50 hours to make by hand, according to French glass company Lalique.

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As for the whisky, it was blended from seven different casks by the Scottish distillery over a period of two years.

The oak casks ranged in age from 25 to 75 years old, according to the company.

Before this, the world's most expensive whisky was a 64-year-old bottle of Macallan single malt that sold for $460,000.

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