Whiskeys are one of the most revered alcoholic drinks in the world. The older the whiskey gets, the more expensive it will be. When a whiskey is least 30-40 years old, there starts the astronomical rise on its price tag. As the whiskey ages, the oak barrels that the whiskey is stored in disintegrates its initial rough flavors, giving it a more mellow, smooth taste.
Here are some reasons to go broke before getting drunk — some of the most expensive whiskeys in the world!
Japanese whiskeys are becoming at par with the Scotches when it comes to complex flavors. This award-winning Suntory Hibiki has an oaky aroma with honeyed hint, and has a clean, rich taste. No wonder it commands a high price.
This Japanese whiskey fetches a high price tag because it’s quite rare. Suntory is also the manufacturer of the 50-year-old Yamazaki which was released pretty recently. It has a strong amber color, and has a full, fruity taste.
Macallan has the distinction of having many of the world’s finest and most expensive whiskeys. Here is the Fine and Rare Collection, priced at $75,000, is the oldest and the most elite member the pack. The taste is usually described as dry and concentrated, and having an aftertaste of a licorice.
The Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch is one of the rarest whiskeys; just 12 bottles were produced in 1942. When one of them was sold in 2005 to a London-based businessman, it was priced at $58,000. He proceeded to share drinks of this precious whiskey with a handful of his lucky buddies.
Dalmore 64 Trinitas is also a rare whiskey that only three limited edition bottles are known to exist, which speaks well of its exclusivity. No wonder, each one is priced at a steep $160,000
One of the rarest single-malt whiskey, Glendiffich fetches $16,000 a bottle, one of the company’s darkest whiskies. It has a hint of zest of citrus, vanilla toffee, then followed by a combination of herbs, fruits, smoky notes. and it ends with a dry, oak-like finish.
This whiskey’s hand-carved silver bottle casing alone, designed by famous jeweler Maeve Gillies, is already in a class of its own. Apart from the casing, it is a remarkable single malt whiskey which is quite limited — the company has produced only 275 bottles, a part of five refill oak casks distilled in the 1960s.
This liquor’s bottle may most likely draw a lot more attention than the liquor itself. Part of the Isabella’s Islay’s colossal $6.2 million price tag is the decanter, which is adorned with white gold, 8,500 diamonds and about 300 rubies! This bejeweled bottle was created in 2010 and is customizable too.
Some whiskeys are more expensive on account of their bottles rather than the liquor itself. Another case is the Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Crystal Decanter. A 55-year-old single malt whiskey is beautifully contained in crystal bottle, designed by French crystal makers Lalique.
Like the other Macallan whiskey, its eye-catching decanter is made of Lalique crystal. This bottle was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a whopping $460,000, making it one of the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
This whiskey was finally bottled in 2011 after spending 105 years in a cask. This rare whiskey now carries a mind-boggling price tag at $1.4 million, and until recently it was the world’s most expensive whiskey. It is distilled by Aisla T’Orten in the Scottish Highlands.
This may be the “cheap” compared to other whiskeys, but still it costs a lot! Only 273 bottles have been made which is the reason of its rarity. If you can’t spend $4,000 on a bottle, at least you can cough up around $200 to have shots of that.
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve has 23 years maturity and a 95.6 proof. Its creation is no mean feat — it takes many generations of distilling techniques to produce this famous and rare Kentucky bourbon.