Many like to end their evenings with a couple of drinks, and the price of alcohol, in its various guises, can range from a double digits to a stunning six figures. For scotch connoisseurs, getting a smooth drink never cost so much. Are these expensive scotches worth the price, or do they create a hype and break your bank account for no reason?
So here we’re talking about limited edition Scotch bottles sold at unprecedented price points, not to mention they all have their own set of justifications. Some of them are artifacts of history, while some are just good alcohol. If you find yourself hanging out in the company of business tycoon, Bill Gates or Hollywood’s biggest celebrities like Johnny Depp, you might see that there’s actually a lot to add to your scotch collection.
Here is the list of ultra-expensive scotch bottles that might attract your gaze, but considering buying them would actually require you put a lot of thought into it. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with admitting a new addition to a collection you may have started. In fact, most of the scotch bottles mentioned here have been kept in storage for more than four decades. Let’s take a look at the 10 most expensive bottles of scotch that will leave you enchanted and thirsting for more.
20. Royal Salute by Chivas Regal , 50 years old – $10,000
Created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate 50 years on the throne, Chivas Brothers launched this special edition of Royal Salute in 1953. The blend was finally released in 2003 and was handed out to only select scotch admirers like Sir Edmund Hillary. Today there are a mere 255 bottles of Royal Salute 50, and each one of them features a 24-carat gold plaque. Its taste echoes with smoky anise and raisin flavors.
19. The Macallan 1939, 40 years old – $10,125
One of the oldest vintage Macallan’s distilled in 1939, it was introduced while the WWII was breaking out in Europe. Bottled in the late 1970’s, this scotch bottle is known to be one of the earliest additions in the distillery’s prestige Fine & Rare series. It was rebottled in 2002 and added to Macallan’s Fine and Rare series. The Macallan 1939 is an old scotch made with dried fruit, earthy peak smoke and sweet and smooth toffee flavors.
18. Glenfarclas 1955, 50 years old – $10,878
Bottled in 2005, this exotic scented 50 years old scotch bottle was distilled and hand-picked by George Grant to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather John Grant. John Grant was a farmer and breeder of champion Aberdeen Angus cattle, and bought the Glenfarclas distillery in 1865. As far as taste is concerned, this rich looking bottle of scotch is spicy and silky which gives a sweet start.
17. Dalmore Decanter, 50 Years Old – $11,000
Bottled in 1978, this Highland malt is considered as one among the best 50 year old whiskeys ever made. So far there are only 60 crystal-cut dazzling bottles produced in the world. In fact, it is among the personal favorite scotches of rich and royal families worldwide. The deeply flavored Dalmore is indeed among the finest fifty year old scotch bottles available.
16. Royal Brackla 1924 – $12,000
The Royal Brackla is extremely rare, especially as it was never even released for general sale. A batch was discovered in a warehouse in 1984, however, and bottles were provided to guests and staff at an official event to re-open the Royal Brackla distillery in Nairn, Scotland in 1991. This single malt scotch whisky is now a collector’s item, and is one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world. Today the distillery uses water from the Cursack Springs and Cawdor Burn.
15. Macallan 1964 – $12,000
The Macallan 1964 continues to excite connoisseurs and whisky collectors around the world. Distilled in 1964 and then bottled in the 1980’s, this scotch whisky is extremely collectible. The Macallan distillery, founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, and situated in the Scottish town of Craigellachie, is a leader when it comes to Speyside malts, with whiskies that were matured in casks once used for sherry in Spain. Recognized as one of the finest malt whiskies, the Macallan 1964 is spicy and floral in aroma, and comes in a box with a classical design, with gold lettering and Macallan’s recognizable logo and crest seal.
14. Dalmore 50 Years Old (1926) – $12,000
Filled into barrels in 1926, the Dalmore 50 Years Old is a rare scotch whisky which comes bottled in a beautifully-designed black ceramic decanter, within a sturdy wooden case. Stocks are always low of this particular item, and demand is high, with the whisky being described as having an aroma similar to toffee, marmalade and banana. Dalmore whiskies are renowned for ageing better than those from other Highland distilleries and this whisky is high in quality and has a strong, unique taste. The liquid is honey in color and is complemented by cinnamon and warm spices.
13. The Macallan Lalique Crystal Decanter, 55 Years Old – $12,500
The Macallan 55 years matured Lalique Decanter is suppose to be a celebration of two great nations: Scotland and France. It is among the finest ever created, made with a successful collaboration of the two mentioned nations. It exhibits a unique and elegant historic alliance of craftsmanship, style, artistry and spirit. It was bottled in 1910 in a perfumed bottle, exclusively designed by the famous Rene Lalique. Only 420 bottles were released worldwide, and only one hundred are currently available in the U.S.
12. Mortlach 1938 – $16,000
The bottle of the Motlach 1938 shows off the deep mahogany color of this extraordinary whisky. Released in March 2010, the spirit was filled into a cask at Mortlach’s distillery in Speyside in October 1938, making it one of the oldest whiskies in the world. The whisky was filled into a Spanish oak wood hogshead, and only 54 decanters were ever produced, making this a highly-collectible item. The Mortlach 1938 comes in a beautiful rectangular wooden box, with “Mortlach 70” imprinted in an elegant typeface.
11. Highland Park 50 Year Old – $17,700
The bottle design of the Highland Park 50 Year Old is one of the most unique you will ever come across. With silver stripping and the number 50 interwoven into the design, this whisky is 44.8% proof, and remains one of the most collectible whiskies in the world. Created from five different casks and distilled in 1960, this single malt is sugary in taste and has a rich red color and spicy aroma. Highland Park is one of the most respected distilleries anywhere in the world, and only 275 bottles of this scotch whisky were manufactured.
10. Glenfiddich 1937 – $20,000
Thought of as the oldest and finest bottle of scotch in the world it is a rare piece of the Glenfiddich’s 1937 whiskey collection that had one and only one bottle ever produced. There was only one scotch bottle ever produced and even that was purchased at an auction in 2006. It isthe world’s most awarded single malt that truly reflects the passion, innovative spirit and integrity passed down through generations. The premium scotch maker has always been able to impress the whisky lovers with its unique unsurpassed taste and limited edition bottles.
9. Glenfiddich 50 Year Old – $22,000
With a proof of 46.1%, the Glenfiddich 50 Year Old was created from two different casts, dating back to 1955. The whisky was married for half a year before being bottled. Only 500 bottles of this scotch whisky were produced, with 50 bottles being released every year over a ten year period. The whisky bottle is decorated with silver from Scotland, and contains an engraved medallion seal. The Glenfiddich 50 Year Old also comes packaged in a leather box which has been hand-sewn and includes a signed certificate and a book, also made from the highest quality leather.
8. Dalmore Selene 1951 – $24,000
This whisky has been bottled after nearing sixty years in a dark Dalmore distillery. Named after Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon, there are only thirty decanters which are known to exist. Each whisky comes in a solid steel case with the insides of the box lined with high-quality leather. The box includes the famous Damlore logo printed on its front. The aroma of the Dalmore Selene 1951 has been described as resembling coffee, chocolate, marmalade and cinnamon, and because of its exclusivity, the Selene remains a whisky which is highly collectible.
7. Mortlach 70 Years Old – $28,000
Described as the world’s oldest single malt, the Mortlach 70 Years Old was bottled after a decision was made to open the cask at the Mortlach distillery in Speyside. With its bright mahogany appearance, the whisky is 46.1% proof and has its taste described as having an almost waxy feel, with a sweet start before becoming quite dry. Fig, tobacco and smokiness are among the other descriptions for the taste of this whisky, and its aroma has been described as being mellow and fruity, almost citric in nature.
6. Macallan 1928 – $48,300
One of the most collectible whiskies in the world, the Macallan 1928 originally retailed for $80 when is was originally sold in the United States, but its price grew alongside its reputation. Bottled with a strength of 38.6% proof, considerably lower than the standard, the Macallan 1928 was for a long time the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky until the record was broken a few years ago. Macallan are one of the most successful producers of scotch whisky and are still distilling whiskies in the Scottish Highlands today. Their reputation remains extremely popular, and Daniel Craig can be seen drinking 50 year old Macallan in the 2012 James Bond movie, Skyfall. The distillery is even thanked during the end credits of the movie.
5. The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch – $58,000
The unique bottle of scotch, a Dalmore Single Malt Scotch, was one of the dozen bottles produced from four single malts. Each one of them came from a different year: 1868, 1876, 1926, and 1939. All twelve bottles were produced in the year 1943, with their unique label and names. This 62 year old bottle was sold for $58,000 at an auction at the Pennyhill Hotel in Surrey, United Kingdom. The lucky buyer shared it with five of his close and intimate friends. To date, it is believed that these are the only six people to have actually tasted the scotch from this rare collection.
4. The Macallan Fine and Rare 1926 – $75,000
This Macallan Fine and Rare 1926 scotch is one of the most matured and expensive scotches in the universe. Bought at $75,000 by a Korean businessman, the flavor of the scotch is narrated as concentrated and dry, with a hint of licorice aftertaste. Originally priced at $38,000, this scotch was unheard of until quite recently it bought in $75,000 at an auction. It is indeed making headlines being probably the best-known single malt scotch whiskey in the world.
3. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 – $94,000
This 55 year old whisky is named after Janet Sheed Roberts, who lived in Glenfiddich when the cask was filled in 1955. Roberts passed away in 2012 at the age of 110, meaning she was the oldest woman in Scotland before her death. The whisky is pale in color with a delicate aroma and has been described as having a creamy vanilla taste. The whisky was bottled in 2011, after residing in a dark and cold warehouse in Glenfiddich for 55 years, and because only 15 bottles were filled, it remains a highly-sought after collectors item.
2. Dalmore 64 Trinitas – $160,100
Dalmore 64 Trinitas, as the name suggests, there were only three bottled produced with limited edition bottle design. In fact, the shape and design of the bottle bespoke of its name, spirit and elegance for the price demanded. This scotch is basically a blend of rare stocks, made from spirits dated back to 1868. You’ll be surprised to know that this is the first scotch to be sold at six straight figures.
1. Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique – $460,000
The Macallan 64 Old Lalique is the most pricey scotch in the world. The scotch bottle was sold at a cool $460,000 at an auction in New York. The price quoted broke the record of the most pricey scotch ever sold in the whole world. The most astonishing element of this scotch bottle is its decanter, which exhibits a class of its own. The bottle is fabricated from Lalique crystal and designed using the lost wax method
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