The most expensive whiskeys in the world cost between $10,000 and $630,000. The table below lists the ten most expensive whiskeys in the world. Whiskey can be Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Rye or Canadian. It can carry flavors of rosewood, coffee, chocolate or cigar leaf. It has been savored for centuries by kings, counselors, artists, and thieves.
Strong and relaxing, whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage created out of fermented grain mash. While different kinds of grains may be used, such as barley, corn, rye or wheat, all of them are aged to perfection in wooden barrels generally made out of charred white oak.
Macallan 1946 – $460,000
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 is a classic Macallan and one of the best ever released.
Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 – $94,000
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. A whiskey connoisseur from Atlanta bought one of them for $94,000. This amazing whiskey has been acclaimed for its floral, fruity and sweet taste.
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Macallan 1926 – $75,000
This is the oldest in the Fine and Rare collection of Macallan. It was distilled in 1926 and bottled only in 1986. Only 40 bottles were produced. The single malt blend is dry and concentrated as no water has been added and the color reflects that of the old barrel.
Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson – $58,000
This is a blend of four single malt whiskeys that were distilled in different years. Only 12 bottles were made in 1942, each of which was given names unique but relevant to the Dalmore Estate. The most expensive was the Matheson, named after Alexander Matheson, the owner of the estate.
Glenfiddich 1937 – $20,000
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Macallan 55-Year-Old – $12,500
This whiskey was distilled in a sherry oak barrel and aged for 55 years. The single malt whiskey was then bottled in a Lalique Crystal Decanter, made by Rene Lalique who created a similar perfume bottle in 1910. The drink was said to have a dark rosewood color that exuded a nice smell that similar to peat smoke and sweet dried fruits.
Dalmore 50-Year-Old – $11,000
This is one of the best 50-year-old whiskeys ever made and it is a much sought after drink all over the world. The whiskey was first distilled in 1920 and bottled in 1978, with only 60 bottles being produced. The bottles themselves were made of crystal decanters. The whiskey showed a deep amber hue. The taste itself is fresh, yet refined and has also had a flavor similar to that of a citrus.
Glenfarclas 1955 – $10,878
In 1865, John Grant bought the Glenfarclas Distillery in Ballindalloch in Scotland from Robert Hay. The distillery, at that time, was already running for 29 years and, to celebrate his ancestor’s birthday, George Grant handpicked a barrel in 1955 that would honor the man who started the family business. This barrel was then bottled in 2005, or 50 years to the day after it was laid out in a wooden cask and it was able to fill 110 bottles, all of which were sold even before the drink became available on the market.
Macallan 1939 – $10,125
The Macallan 1939 comes from the distillery company’s Fine and Rare collection. The whiskey was first bottled in 1979 after the company had it aged for 40 years and comes in one of their classic Lalique crystal decanters. Macallan is known for producing a strong collection of whiskeys and admittedly, this may pale in comparison to the three others on this list, especially when tasted side by side with the Macallan 1946 and Macallan 1926. The advantage of the Macallan 1939, however, is that it is more widely available and a lot more inexpensive as well. Yet, you will still get to enjoy the soft and smooth taste normally associated with its more expensive siblings, as well as smell the fine aroma that Macallan whiskeys are known for.
Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50-years-old – $10,000
To celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, Chivas Regal released a specially-made whiskey called the Chivas Regal Royal Salute. Just like the queen’s ascension to the throne, this whiskey was also laid to a barrel in 1952 and aged for 50 years and it was then bottled in time for the celebration, around 255 bottles were made. The whiskey is said to contain a raisin and cloudy anise flavor.
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