If you are a classy guy or gal, you have come to the right place. There is nothing better to end a long day of work than a nice glass of scotch. Nice and smooth, with just the right kick to get you to that good spot where you need to be in order to relax. Scotch is a classy drink, and to get the best scotch the old saying that “you get what you pay for” applies. Sure, a lot of people can enjoy cheap scotch. But if you really want to taste the sweetest things in life you are going to have to shell out some cash.
Here, we will bring to you the 10 most expensive scotches in the world. And proceed with caution, because some of the price tags here are going to blow your mind.
10 Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3 1961 ($35,000)
Balvenie has an interesting way of releasing their scotch. Talking specifically about Chapter 3, this is the set created to celebrate the craftsmanship of Balvenie’s master craftsman, David Stewart, whom they call their Malt Master. Stewart is indeed a master at what he does, as the $35,000 price tag is a testament to his skill and craftsmanship in creating one of the most exquisite whiskeys in the world.
This specific chapter includes a 55-year-old European oak Oloroso sherry hogshead that truly displays the skill and care Stewart put into developing and mastering the maturation process for completing the scotch. It comes along with four other extremely rare single-cask, single-malt bottlings.
9 Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail ($42,000)
When it comes to expensive scotch, rare is going to be the name of the game. No, this does not mean that flavor is not as important as the rarity of each bottle of scotch you are going to see in this list. Nevertheless, the rarer the bottle and the contents, the more expensive it is going to be for someone to acquire said scotch.
A perfect example of this is the Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail. This whiskey was matured for over 70 years. More specifically, the distillation date was January 14, 1943. Not only that, only 42 decanters were made available, which explains the $42,000 price tag.
8 Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 ($94,000)
Another rarity on our list, the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 is a rather exclusive whiskey of which not many people will ever get to take a drink out of. The reason for that is that apparently only 11 bottles of this whiskey were made by Glenfiddich.
A perfectly harmonized fruity and floral whiskey, Glenfiddich created this special edition to honor Janet Sheed Roberts, a woman who lived to be the oldest person in Scotland. She was also the last grandchild of Glenfiddich’s founder, William Grant. Another interesting fact here is that the 11 bottles of the whiskey were made to celebrate her 110th birthday.
7 Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection ($120,000)
There is something about a rare specimen that makes people go to bigger lengths in order to acquire such rarities. Scotch is no different. Many wealthy folks around the world who adore their scotch spend a lot of their time looking for special editions and brands that they can call their own, knowing that they are one of the very few people who have the opportunity to have that delicious whiskey touch their lips.
For example, only 61 were lucky enough to acquire a Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection, as that was the number of bottles Glenfiddich put on the market, with a price tag of $120,000 a bottle.
6 Dalmore 64 Trinitas ($160,000)
When someone says that they are one out of three people to have something in the world, you imagine things like an Olympic medal for a given Olympic Games or a custom-made special edition car. It is not always that your mind wanders towards scotch when that phrase pops up.
Still, that is exactly where it should go when talking about the classic Dalmore 64 Trinitas. This special batch of Dalmore scotch is one of the most exclusive you will be able to find in the world. The reason for that is that there were only three bottles ever made. Yes, only three in the entire world. That is the sort of exclusivity that explains why someone would spend $160,000 on a bottle of scotch whiskey.
5 Dalmore 62 ($250,000)
There’s a lot of talk of exclusivity when it comes to expensive scotches, but it doesn’t get much more exclusive than the Dalmore 62. By the time the distillery was done with this special edition, there were only 12 bottles of the Dalmore 62 in the world. Yes, that is one hell of an exclusive club. Needless to say, the price tag for one of these decanters can look astounding when regular people see it. Sure, collectors and wealthy admirers of a fine Scotch may say there is no price too high for the drink.
Then again, when you are spending $250,000 on a bottle of scotch, it is hard to make that argument. After all, you are spending enough money on a bottle of scotch as you would need to buy a 2016 Ferrari California T.
4 Macallan 64 In Lalique Cire Perdue ($464,000)
A lot of people might buy whiskey for the “selfish” reason of enjoying the whiskey by themselves. Obviously, that is the kind of drink whiskey is for some folks. All jokes aside, there was one time in which a bottle of scotch was bought not only for someone’s enjoyment but also for a very good cause.
One of the rarest Scotches ever produced by the world-renowned Macallan distillery, the Macallan 64 In Lalique Cire Perdue was sold in 2012 at an auction for a whopping $464,000. Nevertheless, the interesting fact here is that all of the proceeds of the sale actually went to charity. Yes, that almost half $1 million went to a charity devoted to providing access to clean water to people in developing nations.
3 The Macallan M ($620,000)
Before we get into the million-dollar club, we have to talk about the Macallan M. A classic from one of the world’s most famous and renowned distilleries, the Macallan M comes in one of the most beautifully designed bottles on the market. Each decanter is handcrafted and made out of the highest-grade crystal, which gives one an idea of how much thought goes into the design of what is inside as well as outside of this scotch.
The Macallan M gets its rosewood color from the maturation process it spends inside Sherry seasoned Spanish oak casks. The last bottle of this delicacy was sold at an auction in Hong Kong for more than $620,000.
2 Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 ($1,060,000)
It has been less than a year since an unnamed private collector from Asia snatched this Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 from a London auction house for a whopping $1.06 million. This bottle of whiskey is about as rare as rare gets. Only 24 bottles of this special type of scotch were produced, so it is quite understandable that a collector would be willing to pay this astounding amount to call one of these bottles his own.
The Macallan whiskey inside aged for 60 years in a sherry cask before being bottled, which earned it the nickname of “The Holy Grail of Whiskey.” Another interesting fact about this bottle is that the artist who designed it, Valerio Adami, was a co-designer for the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
1 Isabella’s Islay ($6,200,000)
No, you did not read the number wrong. This astounding bottle of Isabella’s Islay is the single most expensive bottle of scotch ever sold. Of course, the content of the bottle is some of the most exquisite scotch someone could ever taste. However, the real reason the price tag for this bottle of scotch was so high is the decanter itself.
Made out of white gold and adorned with 8500 diamonds and 300 rubies, this bottle is something straight out of a king’s dream. Inside of that white gold bottle, we have a single malt whiskey that will most likely go untouched unless the person who purchased it hosts a really special guest. After all, someone would have to be special to be worthy of cracking this $6.2 million treasure.