Most Expensive Whiskeys in the World: Whiskey is one of the finest drinks in the world. Created out of fermented grain mash, this alcoholic drink has become a delicacy in the drinking world, either enjoyed on its own, or mixed with other beverages.
There are many types of whiskey using different grains such as barley, corn, rye or wheat that are fermented and stored in wooden barrels over decades. Some of the best and most expensive whiskeys in the world have been stored for over 50 years before they are bottled and sold. But what is the price people are willing to pay for having this fine drink after a long day of work? While many normal whiskeys are really good and known worldwide, there are some whiskeys that most people have never heard off.
In this article we will take a look at some of these expensive whiskeys that surprisingly can reach over a hundred thousand dollars for a single bottle. And that is not even counting the top three. Whiskeys have become such a delicacy that there are collectors over the world that never open the bottles they buy. It is a perfect gift for older people who are tired of the cheap drinks that have no real taste and give you headaches. But it’s not only that; whiskey has become an investment, and a good one; prices of this fine liquor keep rising over the years as the whiskey grows older. It has become a way of investing on top of owning an amazing drink that you could happily enjoy should you decide not to sell.
Let’s take a look now at the list of the ten most expensive whiskeys in the world, in the hopes that one day we will have enough money to try at least one of them. Also, be sure to check out the 10 States with the Lowest Substance Abuse Rates in America. I am guessing no one there has these expensive whiskeys, or they just may become a little more addicted to fine alcohol than they are.
10- Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50-years-old
This whiskey was specifically made to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. When the queen ascended to the throne in 1952, Chivas Regal laid a barrel that aged for 50 years. At the year of her anniversary they opened the barrel and bottled only 255 of this product. It is said that it contains raisin and anise flavors that are very special. Hope the Queen tried at least a little of it.
9- Macallan 55 year old in Lalique Crystal Decanter
The Macallan 55 Years Old single malt is cask strength (40.1% abv), and has remained undisturbed for over half a century at the Easter Elchies House, the Macallan’s spiritual home in Speyside, Scotland, where it matured through the decades in a sherry oak cask. Dark rosewood in color, the liquid has aromatic notes of sweet dried fruits, while the finish is wonderfully soft, smooth and spicy, with lingering touches of citrus. There are only around 100 of these bottles in the U.S.
8- Glenfiddich 50 Year Old
This exquisite whiskey has been drawn from two casks, both having spent the last 50 years maturing in the cool darkness of Warehouse 8, before bottling. Those seeking the very best and an extremely rare piece of history should try this whiskey. Unique and classic, a beautifully harmonious nose complements cascading flavors in this flagship malt.
7- Glenfiddich 1937
It was distilled in 1937 in the company’s plant in Scotland. Left to age gracefully, the barrel was then opened and the whiskey was bottled in 2001. Only 61 bottles were made. The whiskey is said to have a rich walnut color, though it has hints of cedar, cinnamon, cloves and toffee. As our number seven whiskey, it is one of the rarest whiskeys in the world and a piece of Scotland’s history.
6- Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson
This is a blend of four single malt whiskies that were distilled in different years. Only 12 bottles were made in 1942, each of which was given unique names relevant to the Dalmore Estate. The most expensive was the Matheson, named after Alexander Matheson, the owner of the estate. It is said that this single bottle was bought by a group of friends in 2005 who finished it in one sitting.
5- 1926 Macallan Fine and Rare Collection
This is the oldest in the Fine and Rare collection of Macallan. It was distilled in 1926 and wasn’t bottled until 1986. Only 40 bottles were produced. The single malt blend is dry and concentrated, as no water has been added. The color reflects that of the old barrel.
4- Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955.
Glenfiddich had a barrel of Scotch whiskey that has been aging since New Year’s Eve of 1955. When Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of Glenfiddich’s founder William Grant, passed away at the ripe old age of 110, the company decided to honor her by making 15 bottles from the said barrel. Four were kept by the family, while the rest were auctioned off. This whiskey has been acclaimed for its floral, fruity and sweet taste.
3- Dalmore 64 Trinitas
Its name comes from the fact that there were only 3 bottles ever made of this whiskey. It is a blend from rare stocks containing malts that date from 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. This was the first whiskey to be sold in six figures. No one knows how it tastes or who bought it.
2- 62 Year Old Dalmore
Dalmore keeps owning this podium. It is one of the finest liquors in the world, and this rare and exquisite 62 Year Old Dalmore bottle of whiskey was sold for a staggering price of $200,000 at an auction last year. There were only 12 bottles made and back in 2005 someone bought one at a hotel bar for $50,000 dollars. Now its price has risen with fewer bottles in existence.
1- Macallan 1946
This bottle of single malt whiskey in a LaliqueCire Perdue decanter was sold in 2010 at an auction, with the proceeds going to charity. This whiskey is unusual in that it was made with peated malt because of the then-prohibitive prices of coal that shot up because of World War II. This has become the most expensive whiskey in the world, and the most exquisite.
You thought the list was over. Well there is one more bottle that has surpassed every expectation:
Price: $6.2 Million
This super luxurious whiskey is the most expensive drink in the world. Not because of the liquor itself, but because of the bottle. Referred to by its makers as “water of life”, Isabella’s Islay has been designed and then crafted with White Gold, Diamonds, Rubies and the finest hand-cut crystals. With single-malt cask strength, no chill filtering, no additives or coloring; from the Island of Islay to the world. Enjoy!