We have all heard the mantra that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. This is no truer than when it comes to a bottle of Whisky.
But sometimes there comes a bottle that just looks so magnificent that you can’t help but splash a bit of cash on it. This is especially important when you consider just how impressive they’ll make your Whisky cabinet look.
We’ve gathered some bottles that will definitely spruce up your Whisky cabinet, and the liquid inside certainly won’t disappoint either.
1. Highland Park Odin
Bottle cost: £399
This is part of a series of four bottlings named after Norse gods. Any of these would look awesome in your cabinet. The Odin expression is made with a black frame that is pretty badass. What more do you need in your Whisky cabinet than a shrine to the god of war?
Unfortunately only 17,000 bottles were made. But if you manage to get your hands on one, then rest assured it looks incredible. The liquid inside is damn good as well. It is filled with a 16 Year Old Highland Park Single Malt packed with sweet and spicy notes, all brought together with a lovely wooded note.
2. THE MACALLAN LALIQUE
The Macallan is definitely the Ferrari of the Whisky world, and their Lalique releases only serve to prove this. There are six different decanters to choose from, each made by the French luxury crystal makers Lalique. And considering this is The Macallan, the stuff inside will definitely not disappoint. Each expression has an impressive age statement, ranging from 50 to 65 years old. The bottles they are held in only serve to reflect the luxury of the liquid.
If Odin is a bottle that shows off how badass it is, these Lalique decanters fully express how refined and elegant The Macallan is. One of these in your cabinet will never fail to impress.
3. Nikka Gold & Gold Samurai
Bottle cost: £95
There is only one word to describe the Nikka Gold & Gold Samurai bottle: awesome. The bottle literally comes with a suit of armour. What could be more awesome than that? If you manage to own this as well as Odin, it may just look like you’re starting a small Whisky arsenal.
The design of Gold & Gold is intricate and wonderfully detailed. The helmet and suit come apart and are separate from the bottle, so if you really want to you can dress a very small pet in it too. As with most Japanese releases, the Whisky itself is pretty damn impressive too, with lots of floral and caramel notes.
4. Johnnie Walker Diamond Jubilee
This is the bottle to own if you want all your friends to think you’re some kind of royalty. Which is apt, considering this bottle was made to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It also happens to look like something a Bond villain might drink from, so you definitely can’t go wrong.
There isn’t much to this decanter, considering it is mostly a giant diamond on stilts but it looks cool as hell and will make your Whisky cabinet look like it’s holding the crown jewels. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s worth around £100,000 so owning one is probably out of the question, and even if you could afford one, being that rich probably means you don’t need diamond shaped decanters to show off!
5. Suntory Rolling Stones Anniversary Edition
Who doesn’t want a Whisky bottle in the shape of one of the most iconic symbols of the 20th century in their Whisky cabinet? This is a bottle that would look incredible placed anywhere. It was originally released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, with only 150 bottles created.
It is made from a blend of six of Suntory’s finest drams and is valued at around £6000. The decanters really do speak for themselves and it is undeniable that you would suddenly become to coolest person in the world if you owned one of these bad boys.
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