Indulging in a glass or two of whiskey is a great way to end your day. Relaxing and strong, whiskey is a distilled alcoholic drink made from fermented grain mash. Different kinds of grains are used such as wheat, rye, barley or corn and all of them are aged in charred oak barrels. This aging along with some other factors decides the price of whiskey. While some of them may be aged for a year or two, others are aged for decades and thus they make the cut of being the most expensive whiskies. Undoubtedly whiskies are expensive but wait till you see the astronomical prices of some of them. But as they say, there is no price tag on luxury. Take a look at the top 10 most expensive whiskies.
1. Macallan 1946 – $ 460,000
The single malt whiskey in a Lalique Cire Perdue decanter was auctioned in 2010 with the proceeds going to a charity. It is a classical Macallan and one of their best. What makes this unique is that it was made with peated malt.
2. Glenfiddich Janet Roberts Reserve 1955 – $ 94,000
A barrel of scotch whiskey had been aging since New Year’s Eve of 1955 at Glenfiddich. Now when the granddaughter of the founder passed away (at 110 years and no less), the company decided to honor her by making 15 bottles from the same barrel. 4 bottles were kept by family and the rest auctioned.
3. Macallan 1926 – $ 75,000
This is one of the oldest and rarest collections of Macallan. Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, only 40 bottles have been produced of this single malt blend whiskey. No water was added to it and its color reflects that of the barrel.
4. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson – $ 58,000
A blend of four single malt whiskies each distilled in a different year only 12 bottles were produced of this whiskey. Each had different name but the most expensive was Matheson named after the owner of the estate, Alexander Matheson.
5. Glenfiddich 1937 – $ 20,000
Distilled in 1937 from the company’s Scottish plant, this is from one the rarest collections of Glenfiddich. It was bottled in 2001 and then auctioned in 2006.
6. Macallan 55- Year Old – $ 12,500
The single malt whiskey was aged for 55 years in a sherry oak barrel and then bottled in a Lalique Crystal Decanter.
7. Dalmore 50- Year old – $ 11,000
First distilled in 1920, it is one of the most sought after drinks of the world. Only 60 bottled were produced in 1978 with the bottles being made of crystal decanters.
8. Glenfarclas 1955 – $ 10,878
The whiskey was created out of the barrel that had been aged for 50 years to mark the birthday of John Grant. 110 bottles were created and all of them sold even before it became available in the market.
9. Macallan 1939 – $ 10,125
After being aged for 40 years, this whiskey was bottled in 1979 and is a part of the company’s Fine and Rare collection.
10. Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50- Years Old- $ 10,000
This bottle was released by Chivas Regal to celebrate the golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. The whiskey was aged for 50 years to mark the 50 years of Queen’s accession to the throne.