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The World’s Most Expensive Whiskies

When it comes to whisky most of us have our upper price limit but what if the sky was the limit? How much would you pay for one of the world’s finest whiskies? The most expensive whiskies reach their price tags because of a combination of factors: age, the whisky maker and their reputation and the quality of the bottling.

Here we’ve got details of some of those truly rare and special whiskies that fetch figures beyond belief!

Macallan 1926
The oldest of the Fine and Rare collection produced by Macallan, this whisky was distilled in 1926 and bottled only once in 1986. Only forty coveted bottles of this true rarity were produced and it is has been blended with no water added and a dry, concentrated flavour. It has a colour that reflects the old barrel it has been stored in and in 2005 a bottle sold for $75,000 to a businessman from South Korea.

Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955
This single malt has a powerful story behind it which probably helps its price. Glenfiddish had a barrel of their Scotch whisky that had been aged since 1st January 1955. This barrel was used for the production of 15 exclusive bottles of their finest whisky to celebrate and immortalise Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of Glenfiddich’s founder, on her death aged 110. Four bottles were kept by the family whilst the others were put to auction and a connoisseur from Atlanta paid a healthy $94,000 for his bottle, buying a piece of history.

Dalmore 64 Trinitas
As the name suggests Dalmore 64 Trinitas is one of just three bottles ever made and so the price tag is more than understandable. Rare stocks are combined in each bottle of Dalmore 64 Trinitas and each one of the three contains spirits dating from 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. Dalmore 64 Trinitas is famous as the first scotch to ever sell for six figures and a bottle has been recorded to have sold for $160,100.

Macallan 1946
The beauty and value of this Macallan 1946 scotch is a combination of the sweet spirit and its stunning bottling. It has been bottled in a LaliqueCire Perdue decanter and was sold for charity in 2010. The price tag on the night was a huge $460,000 and the whisky is particularly unusual because it was made with peated malt at a time where coal was scarce and exceptionally expensive because of World War II.

Macallan ‘M’ Whisky
Macallan ‘M’ Whisky is selected from a variety of different casks which ranged in age from 25 to 75 years and its bottling too is part of what makes it price so hefty. In January 2014 a Hong Kong buyer shelled out $628,205 for their bottle of ‘M’. Each bottle has been packaged in a hand-blown decanter which took over 50 hours to complete with 17 craftsmen working on each bottle and only four of the stunning bottles were ever made, adding to the unique and rare value of this Macallan blend.

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