Expensive Scotch: A single bottle of scotch set a new record for the most expensive wine or spirit ever sold at auction last October.
The Macallan Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old sold for $1.9 million US dollars. Why are you spending so much money? The 1926 vintage malt, on the other hand, came from a renowned barrel revered by collectors for its near-mystical qualities.
Most Expensive Scotch Whisky
A liquor matured in the same wood had sold for $1.2 million at a London auction house just a year before. Six specimens of the 1926 spirit have sold for more than a million dollars since 2018.
Only 40 bottles were made from the highly regarded barrel called simply as ‘number 263.’ Expect it to command a new high price the next time it goes under the hammer.
It was intended to happen in April as part of the ‘Perfect Collection,’ a massive collection of rewards. Whisky Auctioneer, an internet merchant, was the unlucky victim of a targeted cyber attack before it could close. It’s unknown when or if the bottles will be available for purchase again.
But one thing is certain: even in the face of unparalleled economic uncertainty, people are prepared to pay exorbitant prices for single malt whisky. Let’s take a look at some additional legendary examples, some of which cost as much as a high-end Italian sports vehicle.
Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail ($32,000)
This is quite likely the finest ‘deal’ on the list. The world’s oldest single malt was released in 2015 by a renowned independent bottler from Elgin, Scotland.
A 44.4 percent ABV whisky with a beautiful crimson brilliance and outstanding aromas of rancio and candied plums developed from three-quarters of a century spent in first-fill sherry. It’s served in a teardrop-shaped crystal decanter made to order. You’ll also get a leather valise to tote it in if you pay just over $30,000 for the one-time offer.
The Balvenie ($50,000) is a 50-year-old Scotch whisky.
The Balvenie released its second 50-year-old expression last year, with a retail price of $38,000. Only a few dozen decanters of ‘Marriage 0197’ got it to the United States, ensuring immediate price gouging on the secondary market.
Surprisingly, you can still get one for a reasonable price that isn’t outrageously above suggested retail. It’s thick and aromatic of dark fruits, with a honeyed-spice finish, and it’s bottled at 42 percent ABV.
The Dalmore Constellation Collection from 1964 ($60,000)
This is the oldest release in Dalmore’s prestigious Constellation Collection, and it’s a 46-year-old beauty with notes of orchard fruit and cinnamon spice. Richard Paterson, a charismatic master distiller, is known for his passion for all things sherry.
And this is arguably the pinnacle of that commitment, pouring with oloroso cooperage tonalities.
Bowmore – The Last Cask, 1964 Black Bowmore ($75,000)
The single malt scene was vastly different when the Black Bowmore series was released in 1994 than it is now. This is the liquid that aided in the game’s transformation. The original, a 30-year-old release, was only $100 a bottle!
That identical release sold for $17,000 at auction 24 years later. The final incarnation, which was aged exclusively in first-fill Sherry casks, didn’t arrive until 2017. It’s unlike any other Islay whiskey you’ll ever try, with unexpected
pineapple smells and tropical-themed sweetness. That’s assuming you’ll ever get a taste of it. The original price tag for the 159 bottles that made it here was $25,000 each. They are now worth more than three times that amount after only three years.
Glenfiddich Rare Collection (1937) ($120,000)
This superb juice was distilled before WWII and was extracted from a single barrel at the famed Dufftown warehouse. There was hardly enough liquid left to fill 61 bottles when it was emptied in 2001.
Collectors are enthralled by this unique expression, not only because of its singular exceptionality, but also because of its extreme rarity.
It set the record for the most expensive single malt ever sold at a Scottish auction house four years ago at a Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh. The sum is around $87,000 USD. It turned out to be a wise investment. It has gained over 40% in value since then.
Let’s face it: there’s a small to none chance you’ll try any of the liquids on this list. Unless you’re willing to spend $2,700 on a ticket to the Nth Whisky Festival.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample ultra-rare malts from around the world, held in April at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. It also sells out quickly. Of course, this year’s edition was cancelled. But that’s only one of many reasons why 2021 can’t come fast enough.