The World’s Most Expensive Whiskies
Have a spare $6,200,000 lying around?
If you’ve got a notorious taste for sensational whisky and enjoy a lavish lifestyle, then we’ve got a treat for you. We’ve all heard of expensive drops that reach the thousand dollar mark, but Australians may not know too much about the most expensive bottles of whisky available. So, we’ve collected 10 of the most luxurious drops. If money is no issue when it comes to the mightiest of liquors, you may just find what you’re looking for.
Isabella’s Islay Original
If you have an eye for diamonds, then Isabella’s Islay will make your eyes light up in no time. Valued at $6,200,000, Isabella’s Islay Original is known as one of the most expensive bottles of whisky thanks to the ornate decanter which features 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies and trimmings of white gold. Regardless of whether it contained whisky or water, Isabella’s Islay would still be priced in the millions for interested buyers. The 40-year-aged drop originates from the Island of Islay (AKA Queen of the Hebrides) and is made from the rarest and highest quality ingredients.
The Macallan 1926
In September 2018, The Macallan 1926 sold for a whopping $1,495,617 at auction. With a label designed by renowned English pop-artist Peter Blake, whose late works include an album cover for The Beatles – this is most definitely a two-for-one deal. The Macallan 1926 is one of Macallan’s oldest vintages. Distilled in 1926, hence its name, the Macallan 1926 was then aged for 60 years in sherry casks and finally released in 1986. With only 40 bottles released, less than a third were labelled by Peter Blake. David Robertson, who was a master distiller at Macallan from the mid-’90s through the mid-2000s, is among the few who’ve tried it, and describes the whisky as quite intense, dry, and having a taste of fruit with some hint of warming spice.
Macallan M Whisky
Selling at auction in Hong Kong for $628,205, the Macallan M Whisky is one of the oldest and not far from being one of the most expensive whiskies in the world. The six-litre decanter bottle in itself was made from handcrafted crystal designed by 17 crafters with more than 50 hours of work. On to the whisky, which took two years to select, was created from a blend of over 190,000 sherry casks aged between 25 – 75 years. Within the stunning bottle is a rich palate of wood spices and smoke, sweetened by dried fruits. Vanilla and green apple are perfectly balanced, with polished oak and raisins offering depth with a lingering finish. The older the better, right?
Macallan 64 Year Old
Not to be confused with other Macallan’s available on the market, the Macallan 64 Year Old is comprised of three whiskies aged in Spanish oak barrels from 1942, 1945 and 1946, the Macallan 64 was last sold at auction in 2010 for $460,000. Much like the majority of the Macallan collection, the 64-year-old has accredited its value to the decanter. Here, the bottle was exclusively designed by iconic French glassmaker, Lalique.
The Dalmore 62
Sourced from north of Scotland from the Alness based distillery, Dalmore whisky was founded in 1839 and has since created two of the world’s most expensive whiskies: the Dalmore 62 and 64 Trinitas. The 62 is renowned for being more than a century old, dating back to the mid-19th century. The bottle is made from platinum and crystal, and is safely housed inside a wooden encasing that took over 100 hours to handcraft.
The Dalmore 64 Trinitas
The holy trinity. The Dalmore is already renowned for releasing luxurious whiskies, and now, we present you with The Dalmore 64 Trinitas. With only three collections ever made, each of the three bottles of the trinity is blended with the help of Dalmore whiskies from 1939, 1926, 1878 and 1868 – a true taste of time. With only one collection remaining for purchase at $160,000, this vintage remains a mystery, especially as the two other thirds cannot be found.
The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare
With only a handful of bottles of this vintage released each year, The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare really is self explanatory. The 1926 is the oldest and earliest release of the collection, in fact, one bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine & Rare has been noted to sell at $75,000 USD or, for the Australians, a set back of $108,800.
The Glenfiddich 1937 was drawn from a cask that was made from the year of its name. With only 60 bottles available today via auction, a mere seven years ago a bottle was sold for $71,000 USD ($102,950 AUD). Despite its charming price tag and eye-catching bronze colour, the Glenfiddich 1937 is just as striking in its taste with distinct notes of molasses, chocolate, cedar, burnt heather and oak.
Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve
With only 11 bottles ever made, this was named after the granddaughter of Glenfiddich’s founder, William Grant, Janet Sheed Roberts, who was also the oldest woman in Scotland when she passed in 2012. Despite Janet’s age of 110, the bottle which sold at a New York auction for $94,000 that same year dates back to 1955. Considering its low price range in comparison to others listed, surprisingly the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve is actually one of the most expensive whiskies, especially as it’s not sold with a crystal or diamond-embellished decanter.
Campbeltown Springbank 1919
There was a time when Campbeltown’s Springbank 1919 was considered one of the most expensive whiskies in the world. Today, the Springbank will only set buyers back a mere $78,000 – minor in comparison to the other luxurious options on this list. With only 24 bottles ever made, this 1919 vintage was bottled at the Campbeltown distillery south-west of Glasgow in 1970, making it now, one of the rarest single malts released.