If you care to indulge your taste buds in the most expensive whiskeys in the world, true class costs big time bucks. And you’d better be prepared to shell out handsomely if you care to ring in a toast the way that the ultra-wealthy do. We’ve got the details.
Few people in the world can ever hope to have pockets deep enough to afford any of these five most expensive whiskeys in the world. You’ll take comfort in knowing that most are merely the fascinations of collectors, who wouldn’t dare pop the top on something that costs more than most people’s homes do.
1. Macallan 1946 – $460,000
A single malt whiskey, the LaliqueCire Perdue decanter fetched a sum of nearly half a million back in 2010, with the monies benefiting charities. The peated mald whiskey gained popularity as a collector item due to the fact that it was manufactured when coal prices were sky high during WWII. It’s widely considered to be amongst the best whiskey batches ever crafted.
2. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 – $94,000
A rare barrel of whiskey that was aged by Glenfiddich since the mid-50s was found when the estate was accounted for, decades after it was distilled, when the granddaughter of the founder of the whiskey maker, William Grant, passed away. The barrel was able to produce 15 of the finest bottles, which were created in honor of the founder. While the family did hold onto four of the bottles as keepsakes, the other 11 were auctioned off, getting as much as $94,000 per bottle.
3. Macallan 1926 – $75,000
Considered one of the oldest in the Macallan collection, this whiskey was distilled since the mid-20s but would not be bottled until the mid-80s. A dry malt, the recipe contained no water and was aged in an old barrel. In 2005, it sold for a slim price of just $75,000.
4. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson – $58,000
In 1942, four malt whiskies were blended after being distilled over different periods of time. But only a dozen bottles were ever produced and each was assigned a signature name. The priciest was the Matheson, which was purchased by someone anonymous who was said to have shared it with friends and family shortly after opening it.
5. Glenfiddich 1937 – $20,000
Lastly, another Glenfiddich that was distilled in 1937 is among the top five most expensive whiskeys in the world. It was finally bottled in 2001, nearly 70 years later. But the barrel only was able to produce about 60 bottles. In 2006, a single bottle of it sold for $20,000 at an auction for charity to an unknown buyer.