VIP notables included worldwide Mexican soccer star Javiar “Chicharito” Hernandez (LA Galaxy), actors Peter Facinelli, DeVaughn Nixon (Winning Time/Snowfall), Ross McCall, Brock O’Hurn, Cory George, Lorenzo Antonucci, UFC Champion MMA fighter Luke Rockhold, among several others at the intimate affair plus actress Candela Marquez and actress Chaley Rose who performed vocals set to a jazz band, along with Pink Floyd’s Scott Page on sax.
Only a handful of bottles of the Gordon & MacPhail’s Glen Grant 72yr old exist and it has been described as one of “the most historically significant whiskeys ever produced.” The total production was limited to 290 bottles, with 200 sold before in pre-allocation before release. The rare and highly collectible whisky, which was presented in a hand-cut crystal decanter, was sold alongside a single one-off NFT artwork and its original by celebrated political cartoonist Harry Harrison, entitled ‘Year of the Dram 1948’ commemorating 1948 [the year the whisky was made] on 20 May 2021 in Hong Kong for a record HK $937,500 (just under £95,000) including buyer’s premium. The current value for the Glen Grant 72 is listed as $126,666.00 for the 1000 ml bottle.
The evening took place poolside at the lavish grounds featuring Whiskey Cocktails by Old Glory, a distillery partner of CaskX, Aged Whisky Tastings by Glen Grant, Charcuterie, Caviar and Hors D’oeuvres, Musical Entertainment and custom decanter engraving under the moonlight.
One of the top whisky experts in the world Siddharth Sawkar, was on hand to offer a special tasting experience. Guests also were treated to a lavish charcuterie spread, custom whiskey mixology bar, and decadent caviar tasting bar by Golden Reserve Caviar. Siddharth Sawkar is a global whiskey expert and one of only nine Masters of Scotch currently recognized by the Council of Whiskey Masters. He is an avid collector of old and rare whiskeys, a leading presenter for the Los Angeles Whisky Club. Live music featured vocalist, actress Chaley Rose (Nashville), and Pink Floyd saxophonist Scott Page with tunes from a jazz band all evening featuring keyboard and strings.