For many of us, a good whisky is a luxurious treat. But for some, only the very best will do – no matter the cost. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most expensive whiskies in the world. Since the average price and of whiskies updates daily, wine-searcher.com is a great tool that updates pricing and popularity so you can have up to date information. Now let’s see some of the most expensive whiskies ever sold:
The Balvenie 50 Year Old
The Balvenie 50 Year Old is not only one of the most expensive scotch whiskies in the world, it’s also the oldest single malt whisky in existence.
This rare and extraordinary spirit is contained in a custom-made, teardrop shaped crystal decanter, and is said to have an aroma of honeyed apples and citrus fruits, with hints of oaky vanilla and white flowers.
These limited edition bottles are perfect for collectors and connoisseurs alike, offering unparalleled flavor, complexity, and aroma.
Dalmore Constellation Collection
Dalmore’s Constellation Collection is comprised of 21 exceptional whiskies, each aged for at least 40 years. The collection culminates with the Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky – the oldest release in the range, and one of the most expensive scotch whiskies in the world.
This magnificent spirit has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, Spanish sherry butts, and port pipes from Portugal, giving it a rich and complex flavor profile that includes notes of cocoa, coffee beans, dried fruits, and spice.
Bowmore — 1964 Black Bowmore
The Black Bowmore, also known as the “Black Beauty”, is a rare and highly sought-after single malt scotch whisky from the iconic distillery of Bowmore.
It has been described as having smooth and sweet flavors of pineapple, and dried fruit notes. Due to its rarity and incredible flavor profile, the Black Bowmore is considered one of the most expensive scotch whiskies in the world, with a price tag of around $25,000 per bottle.
Gordon & MacPhail Generations Mortlach 75-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
This single malt from Mortlach was distilled in 1939 and matured in a first fill sherry butt for 75 years before being bottled in 2015. Just 100 bottles of this whisky were released, making it a rare and sought-after spirit.
So, what makes this whisky so special? First of all, the age. This whisky has been aged for an incredible 75 years, which is longer than any other whisky on the market. The lengthy aging process gives this whisky its unique flavor profile, which is complex but not woody. Additionally, the first fill sherry butt contributes to the dram’s toffee notes.
Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection Scotch
The Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection Scotch Whisky is one of the rarest and most sought-after whiskies in the world. This ultra-rare spirit was distilled in 1937, making it one of the oldest single malt whiskies ever bottled.
The high price tag is due to the exceptional quality of the whisky, which has an incredible aroma, a palate of many unfolding layers, and a masterful finish. If you’re lucky enough to find a bottle of this rare whisky, savor it slowly and enjoy every sip! With a rich flavor profile that includes notes of tropical fruits, spice, and oak, this whisky is a must-try for any whisky lover.
The Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
The Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a highly sought-after whisky due to its unique flavor profile and relatively low availability.
The Singleton of Dufftown was first established in 1896 by William Grant & Sons, who still owns and operates the distillery to this day. The Dufftown distillery was originally built with the intention of producing quality malt whisky for the company’s blended whiskies, such as Grants and Clan McGregor. However, due to the high demand for single malt whisky in the late 20th century, The Singleton of Dufftown began bottling single malt expressions in order to meet this demand.
As you might expect from a whisky that has been aged for over half a century, the flavor profile of the Singleton of Dufftown 54-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is incredibly complex. On the nose, you’ll find delicate notes of honey and citrus fruits, followed by richer notes of vanilla and oak. The palate is where this whisky really shines, with flavors of dried fruits, spice, and dark chocolate all coming together beautifully. The finish is long and full bodied, with more honey and fruit notes making an appearance.
The Yamazaki 55 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Japan
he Yamazaki 55 Year Old Single Malt Whisky has a staggering price tag of $820,000. This makes it the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold.
Suntory, the oldest whisky making company in Japan, is releasing a Yamazaki Single Malt that has been aged for more than 55 years. The whisky captures the craftsmanship of more than a half century of distilling expertise, combining three iconic casks to create an expression that is second to none.
The first cask was distilled in 1960, and carefully aged in mizunara oak. The second and third casks were distilled in 1961 and 1964 by Suntory’s second master blender Keizo Saji, then aged in American white oak.
The result is a whisky that is deep amber in color with a rich nose of dried fruits, citrus peel, honey, Rosewood incense, and a hint of sandalwood.
The Macallan Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old fetched a staggering $1.9 million USD.
This incredible price tag makes it the most expensive spirit ever sold at auction! So, what makes this particular bottle of scotch so special—and worth such a hefty price tag?
This scotch was distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986. It was aged in a first-fill sherry hogshead cask for an incredible 60 years! The result is a whisky with unparalleled depth, complexity, and flavor. This bottle is one of only 40 bottles that were ever produced, adding to its collector’s value.
The most expensive whisky in the world is Isabella’s Islay, with each one costing a staggering $6 million… making this one dram that is definitely out of reach for all but the wealthiest of collectors! The English crystal decanter is emblazoned with over 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies, making it one of the most rare and expensive whisky bottles in the world.