Most Whiskies are pretty reasonably priced, considering the many years of love and dedication poured into them. But there are a few exceptions that unless you own a bank, will push you into the red no doubt. That being said, these are some spectacular whiskies and if you can afford them, sure, why the hell not?! The top ten, starting with the most expensive whisky, are…
The most expensive whisky on the market
The one made for the millennium
- The Macallan1949 50 Year Old Millennium – £22,500
The one with whose glass is as rare as the expressionGlenfiddich‘s most expensive whisky is also a 50 year old. Glenfiddich are world renowned for their drams and this expression only adds to that reputation. The most expensive whisky the distillery sell is, unsurprisingly, also a 50 year old. There were only ever 500 bottles produced from the two barrels, filled in 1955 and 1957, that were used to make this, with 50 being released each year since 2009. It is not only the whisky that is rare. The bottles themselves are hand blown by Scottish glassblowers Glasstorm and then adorned with silver plaques made by sixth generation silversmith Thomas Fattorini. The presentation boxes are also one of a kind, having been hand stitched from leather and lined with woven silk, taking inspiration from William Grant’s personal ledgers.
The most expensive whisky from the HighlandsConstellation Collection is a range of expressions that were barrelled between 1964 and 1992. This particular release was barrelled in 1966 and is the second oldest in the collection. It was first matured ina ex-Bourbon American white oak cask for 37, when it was then placed in an ex-Matusalem oloroso sherry butt for six years. It was then moved again, this time intoanother ex-Bourbon barrel, to be finished for two years. That’s quite a journey, so you can appreciate the hefty price tag! The result is brilliant as well. From a sweet, citrusy blood orange tang on the nose to a spicy, fruit filled palate, this is a remarkable dram.
The one distilled pre-WW2Macallan are very proud of their product. This dram represents some of the best from that range and of course has a price tag to match the dedication that has gone into making it.
The most expensive whisky Glenlivet offerNamed after master distiller Alan Winchester, this is the first release in a new line of 50-Year-Old releases from the legendary Glenlivet Distillery. As the first part of The Winchester Collection, this release is limited to 100 bottles and is beautifully presented in a wooden case, with a miniature bottle included. The dram was originally barrelled by then master distiller Captain Bill Smith-Grant, the last descendant of the Glenlivet’s founder George Smith. It was matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks and has been bottled in bottles blown by Glasstorm.
The one with a seriously appealing bottle
- Glenfarclas 60 Year Old Cask 1672– £14,750
The 40 year old
- The Macallan 40 Year Old 1961 – £12,500
The most expensive whisky you can get for ten grand
- Black Bowmore 26 Year Old1stEdition – £8,999
The whisky that comes with 18-carat gold
- Glen Grant 50 Year Old – £8,850