For true connoisseurs of scotch whiskey, nothing will do but the absolute best. Most people believe you get what you pay for, and so the more you pay, the better quality your purchase will be, and so, many would also feel that the most expensive bottles of scotch whiskey would, therefore, be the best.
There are so many different types of scotch whiskey being created all over the world, all the time, and new (old) bottles are resurfacing all the time, giving us quality in a different, more timeless way, with unique and valuable scotch whiskeys driving prices up, as well. The greatest scotch whiskey in the world may very well be the most expensive, but it is up to those true connoisseurs to be the real judges.
10 The Balvenie DCS Compendium 1961 — $43,503.42
At the bottom of this list is the Balvenie DCS Compendium 1961, as much as any scotch whiskey that costs $43,503.42 a bottle can be at the bottom of any list. The fact that the very first scotch whiskey on this list costs $43,503.42 a bottle should be some indicator of how insane this list is about to get. Nevertheless, the Balvenie DCS Compendium 1961 is one of a quintet of single cask single malts, and is, in fact, the distillery’s oldest release to date; being from 1961, this scotch whiskey is fifty-five years old, driving the price up to £35,000, which is $43,503.42 in USD.
9 Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson 1942 — $58,000
In 1942, only twelve bottles were made of the Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch. Now, just one of those bottles remains up for sale, and it just so happens to be the most expensive one: the Matheson. The Matheson was so named to honor the founder of the estate on which the bottles were made, Alexander Matheson, the owner of the Dalmore Distillery, which he had founded way back in 1839. This makes the Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson the ninth most expensive scotch whiskey of 2019 at $58,000 a bottle.
8 Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 — $94,000
When there are bottles of scotch whiskey being sold for $94,000, one can only hope that some of those proceeds will go to a good cause. Luckily, that’s exactly the case for the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955, named after Janet Sheed Roberts, a woman who was the last grandchild of Glenfiddich’s founder, William Grant, and who was once the oldest person in Scotland. Only eleven bottles were released, and this one bottle was the most expensive, going on sale at auction — and selling — for $94,000. All the proceeds of the auction, which ended up totaling nearly half a million dollars, will be donated to good causes around the world.
7 Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection — $120,000
A bottle of Glenfiddich’s Rare Collection 1937 sold at auction this year to a bidder who purchased it for $120,000. Glenfiddich acknowledged that this is an extremely rare and exciting find and that a lot of that has to do with the appeal of its rarity and its value to collectors.
Only 61 bottles of this 64-year-old scotch whiskey were created and, now, only this bottle remains, making it one of the finest, oldest whiskeys left in the world. Still, there are somehow six bottles of scotch whiskey left that are more expensive than this $120,000 bottle.
6 The Macallan Lalique 62-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey — $140,000
As it turns out, the Macallan Lalique 62-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is on sale on the Internet to be purchased by any of you right now for the low, low price of $140,000 a bottle. Never fear! This is only the first of several Macallan scotch whiskeys that will end up on this list, so we know the quality must be good, if not the price. One might wonder where one could get such a bottle of scotch whiskey; well, if you go down into the basement, and go to the very back, you may just find another bottle beside the cask of Amontillado.
5 Dalmore 64 Trinitas (1946) — $160,000
Another scotch whiskey, another $20,000 jump in price, this time from the $140,000 The Macallan Lalique 62 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky to the $160,000 Dalmore 64 Trinitas (1946) scotch whiskey. The Dalmore is considered to be a brand that only creates the finest scotch whiskeys, and, indeed, only three bottles of the Dalmore 64 Trinitas (1946) were created and released. It is now being sold for $160,000 a bottle, so, if you have a spare $480,000 around, congratulations, you can afford to purchase all three!
4 The Macallan Lalique Cire Perdue (1946) — $460,000
A more drastic jump in price for a bottle of the same year as the Dalmore 64 Trinitas, the 1946 Macallan Lalique Cire Perdue is the second “cheapest” (though that concept is relative at this point) Macallan scotch whiskey on this list.
This specific bottle holds the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled, and it comes in a bespoke decanter created by Lalique using the ancient cire perdue, or “lost wax,” method. It was created to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Lalique founder René Lalique. The $460,000 price on this bottle was donated to charity: water to help provide access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations, and so the world continues to spin. Have you found the cask in the basement just yet? Keep looking, Fortunato.
3 The Macallan 1926 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey — $600,000
If the Macallan Lalique Cire Perdue (1946) didn’t float your boat at $460,000, perhaps The Macallan 1926 is more your speed. Two rare bottles of this Macallan 1926 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey sold together for $1,200,000, or $600,000 per bottle, setting these bottles of Macallan 1926 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey at number three on the list. Only two scotch whiskeys are more expensive than the Macallan 1926 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, which matured for sixty years before it was bottled and released in 1986 as a corporate gift to Macallan’s most valued customers. Now, this scotch whiskey is sought after by collectors looking for this most valued whiskey.
2 The Macallan “M” (1940) — $631,850
For a while, the most expensive scotch whiskey ever sold was the Macallan “M” (1940), which sold for a frankly shocking $631,850 at auction in Hong Kong. This bottle of Macallan “M” (1940) was barrelled for seventy years before being bottled, and was created explicitly to be the finest, most exquisite whiskey ever created, with another bottle crafted by the glass masters at Lalique. The bottle, and the single-malt scotch whiskey inside, are of the highest quality, making the Macallan “M” the most expensive bottle of single malt whiskey sold at auction — until now.
1 Isabella’s Islay — $6,200,000
Coming in at a whopping $6,200,000, Isabella’s Islay is the most expensive scotch whiskey of 2019, as well as the most expensive beverage product in the entire world being sold right now. At a price point of over six million dollars for just one bottle of Isabella’s Islay, Luxury Beverage Company justifies their decision by making the bottle out of 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies, and two entire bars of white gold. These are all decorating an English Crystal decanter underneath. Inside this insane decanter is the scotch whiskey itself, a very old single malt cask-strength Islay whiskey. Luckily, if you buy the bottle, it does have refills available for purchase. If you can buy a bottle of this, then you can just grab that last cask of Amontillado for me, right there — Perfect. Thank you, Fortunato.