The Most Expensive Whiskey Bottles
Whiskey has always been associated with luxury and most gentlemen would never settle for the cheap bottle of plonk at the local liquor store. There are plenty of decent brands of whiskey in the mid-range prices and some of them a pretty amazing.
Then we look at the really high-end bottles of whiskey. The price tags on these babies are enough to make you dizzy and you most likely won’t find them at your local store. In fact, you may not be able to find them in any store. These extravagant bottles are usually so rare, you can only catch a glimpse of them in some illustrious auction house.
Just to give you an idea of how expensive whiskey can be, we’ve tracked down the 10 most expensive whisky bottles of all-time to show you what real luxury in a bottle looks like.
1. 50-Year-Old Highland Park – Cost: USD $17,700
Only 275 bottles of this 50-year-old bottle of Highland Park Whiskey have ever been made and it is a highly prized bottle for any whiskey lover. This is a deep rich, red single malt whiskey that is a little on the sweet side and complemented by a touch of spicy aromas that you experience from the moment you start to pour. The bottle itself is stunning and will be the focal point of any collector’s shelf.
2. 1937 Glenfiddich – Cost: USD $20,000
In 2006, Glenfiddich auctioned off this 1937 bottle of whiskey from their rare collection and it is considered to be one of the oldest bottles in the world. It is a pure, single malt whiskey that is aged in oak casks from Cuba. This gives it a very distinct aroma and flavor. It is estimated that only around 60 bottles of this whiskey are left and are only available for purchase at private auctions.
3. 1926 Macallan – Cost: USD $54,000
Approaching its 100-year milestone, this bottle of 1926 Macallan whiskey could almost be thought of as a bargain. However, it still made an impression at a Christie’s auction in 2007. It was expected to be sold for $30,000 but was eventually sold for almost double that amount. Only a small amount of this vintage is released each year which has been driving the price up even further. This would be a great one to hold on to until 2026 when it is a century old.
4. Glenfiddich Janet Sheeds Roberts Reserve 1955 – Cost: USD $94,000
In 2012 a bottle of this 1955 Glenfiddich Janet Sheeds Roberts Reserve sold at auction for $94,000. Unlike many bottles of whiskey sought by collectors for their exclusive decanter, this one actually made the pricey cut due to its unusually rare contents. The whiskey has notes of pear, barley, and heather and is very smooth on the palate. Only 11 bottles of this magical spirit were made and the golden colored liquid should only ever be served in the highest quality whiskey glasses.
5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas – Cost: USD $160,100
Aptly named Trinitas, there were only 3 bottles of this whiskey ever made. The whiskey is a combination of some of the best vintage stocks from 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. To date, only one bottle is available for direct sale and the whereabouts of the other two bottles is currently unknown. Perhaps the other two will appear at an auction sometime in the future. This is one of the rarest bottles of whiskey and was the first bottle of whiskey to exceed a price in the six-figures.
6. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch – Cost: USD $250,000
Part of the exclusivity of this bottle of whiskey from Dalmore is the whiskey decanter it comes in. The wooden mold used in making this decanter took over 100 painstaking hours to handcraft. The platinum accents overlaying the crystal decanter is what adds to the price tag, but the true value is in the whiskey which has been expertly blended from a variety of exceptional vintage blends dating back over the last century. It is another rare whiskey from Dalmore that will only be seen when it is up for sale.
7. The Macallan 64 Year Old In Lalique Cire Perdue
The decanter for this rare Macallan 64 whiskey has contributed to its hefty price tag. The Lalique crystal decanter is as collectible as the whiskey it contains and was created exclusively for this the Macallan 64 whiskey. The whiskey is a blend of three different whiskey from 1942, 1945 and 1946. The flavor is very distinct as the whiskeys were aged in barrels made from Spanish oak. In 2010, this bottle of whiskey commanded a price of $460,000 at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York. It will be some time before it is seen in public again.
8. Macallan M – Cost: USD $628,205
The Macallan M whiskey is an exceptional blend of vintage whiskeys ranging from 25 to 75 years of age. While the whisky itself is most likely out of this world, the real story is in the decanter. It is reputed that 17 glass craftsmen spent over 50 hours to create this stunning bottle and is only one of four “Constantine” bottle in existence. Unlike many other bottles of exclusive whiskey, this one is an ultra-rare 6-liter bottle that will only increase in value if it makes an appearance at any auction in the future.
9. Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 – Cost: USD $1.1 million
This is without a doubt one of the most exclusive bottles of whiskey in the world. It is a single malt whiskey that spent 60 years in a whiskey vat before being bottled in 1986. It was sold during a private auction by an anonymous bidder from Asia, who claimed this bottle of whiskey via phone bidding at a whopping $1.1 million. The bottle is part of a limited edition with only 24 bottles being made and the label was specially commissioned for this rare bottle with the artistic talents of Valerio Adami and Peter Blake. Serious collectors will have a long and patient wait before they’ll see this bottle up for sale again.
10. Isabella’s Islay – Cost: USD $6.2 million
Just one glance at this whiskey decanter and you can see why it was able to be sold at such an astronomical price. The bottle is luxurious and decadent being made from white gold and features 8,500 diamonds with 300 rubies. You could sell the bottle empty and it would still be worth every penny.
The whisky in the bottle is probably the best you will ever taste if you’re lucky enough of course. The single malt luxury in the bottle sadly takes a back suit to the decadence on the outside of the bottle.
Next time you’re relaxing with the first of many whiskey cocktails, think about how much you’d be prepared to spend on the perfect bottle of whiskey. Would you consider yourself a collector or a connoisseur? For most of us, these 10 bottles of whiskey are something we’ll just read about when they are up for sale. So until you have the finances for one of these expensive and exclusive bottles of whiskey, enjoy one within your price range.