Whisky is a type of alcoholic beverage that is made from fermented grain mash. Various grains like barley, corn, rye and wheat are used in different quantities and aged in wooden casks. It’s available in many classes and types. The more aged it is in white oak containers, the better in quality it is considered and the more it is priced at.
Let us take glimpse at the most expensive whiskies available around the world.
1. The Macallan “M”
The Macallan is the most expensive whisky in the world and is priced at a whopping $628,205. At the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2014, it was sold near to $630,000 and that’s the highest price ever recorded for a bottle of whisky. It has notes of raisin, wood smoke, green apple and cinnamon.
2. The Macallan 64 Years Old in LaliqueCire Perdue 1946
The second most expensive whisky in the world is valued at an overwhelming $460,000 and is the oldest Macallan vintage. It was bottled to felicitate the 150th birthday of Rene Lalique. Before it was auctioned at Sotheby in New York, it went on a world tour around eight cities. The whisky originates from three casks differently laid in 1942, 1945 and 1946.
3. Yamazaki 50 Year Old
The third most expensive whisky bottle is priced at $ 133,999 and is from the Suntory distillery, Japan’s most oldest and revered distillery. It is the signature single malt of the company. It is multi-layered with fruits and Mizunara aromas. It comes in also 25 year, 18 and 12 year vintage bottles at more affordable rates.
4. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955
This is the fourth most expensive whisky which is valued at $ 94,000. It is sold in ordinary bottles and only eleven units were produced, in the first place. The drink is a straw-color, extremely light and has ethereal taste. It is named after the oldest person who ever lived in Scotland: Janet Sheed.
5. Springback 50 Year Old 1919
The fifth most expensive whisky in the world is valued at $78,000. Though most of the world’s most expensive whiskeys are either available at auctions or from private sellers, this one is just a click away. You can purchase it online at any time, keeping in mind stocks last. This bottle of scotch whiskey is made from one of the rarest single malts ever distilled.
6. The Macallan 1926
The sixth most expensive whisky in the world is priced at $75,000. It is the first of Macallan fine and rare line. Macallan’s whisky is said to last the longest than most other whiskies. The malt that is being used has the power of aging for a period of fifty years. This particular editor has been hand bottled at the distillery. The dark color comes naturally from the oaken casks with no added color or water.
7. Glenfiddich 1937
The seventh most expensive whiskey in the world is valued at $71,000. Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection Single Malt has notes of cedar, treacle, burnt heather and chocolate. This bottle of vintage comes from cask 843, which was laid down in the same year when the coronation of George VI happened.
8. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson 1942
The eighth most expensive whiskey in the world is priced at $58,000. It was one of its kinds and the Dalmore Distillery has been made by Alexandor Matheson. This bottle was named in honor after its creator. There are ten other units of it, named differently and packed in different bottles. They are known for going beyond the possibilities for whiskies.
9. Balvenie 50 Year Old 1912
The ninth most expensive whisky is a 50 year old single malt bottle which was bottled in 2012. It is valued at $ 42,000 and has 88 units. It originates from Speyside in Scotland. The wooden case of the whisky is made from 49 wood rings and one brass ring.
10. Dalmore Selene 58 Year Old 1951
The tenth most expensive whisky in the world is valued at $35,000 and named after the Titan Goddess of the Moon. Thirty bottles of this malt was created at Scotland. It is described to have a heavenly taste, originating from notes of grapefruit, lime and mandarin. The twelve point royal stag is an award of appreciation given to Clan Mackenzie for saving the King from an attack and he brought it to use it branding the whisky.
11. Gordons macphail generation mortlach 75 old
12. The glenlivet winchester collection 50 old
13. Bowmore 50 old
14. Glenfiddich rare collection 50
15. Highlands park 50 old
16. Glenfarglas john grants 60 old
17. Duncan taylor rarest the rare macallan aged 42 old
18. Karuizawa Samurai Cask Thirty Year Old
19. Ledaig Dusgadh 42 Year Old
20. Johnnie Walker ‘The John Walker’
Whiskies have not only emerged as status symbols of this modern prosperous society but also their aged quality allows for an ethereal and heavenly taste. Whisky is often chill filtered and some whiskies come with special flavorings, others like American straight whiskey doesn’t. At times, coloring compounds are also added, keeping in mind local regulations. Canadian whiskey also has a blend of caramel, at times.