The 10 most expensive whiskies in the world
The bottle of whisky that costs the most fetches 121.451 Dollars but the first 10 give an average price between 32 and 10.000$ and they are all single malt Scotch
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Think of a hall in a castle with a lit fire in the fireplace, carpets on the wooden floors and book cases which reach the ceiling, think of after dinner time in the smoking-room … think of a butler who serves you with white gloves, on a silver tray, a bottle of The Macallan Lalique that is 60 years old containing a single malt Scotch Whisky Speyside –Highlands. And now imagine the sensual aroma coming from the amber coloured liquid in your glass. Well, you have in your glass 2.700$ of the most expensive whisky in the world!!!
This is only a dream obviously, only English Lords, sheiks, petrol tycoons and the likes can afford such experiences, but we remain curious so we discover a list of the 10 whiskies for the super rich proposed by Wine
Searcher the portal that collects the prices from 47.000 stores from all over the world. The list of the 10 most expensive whiskies is built on the average prices but the most impressive thing is the maximum prices, there is someone selling Glenfiddich ‘Rare Collection at 121.451 Dollars
• The Macallan Lalique 60 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• The Macallan Lalique 62 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfiddich ‘Rare Collection’ Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• Glenfarclas John Grant 60 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside
• The Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• The Macallan Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – Highlands
• Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Orkney
• Ardbeg Special Release Double Barrel 33 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay
What is evident is the power of the Scotch whiskies that monopolize the most expensive bottles. To find the first US whisky we must descend in the list until 17th position to find Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash from Kentucky at 3.767$ , which compared to the UK bottles seems to be in the sales. So single malt wins over blended, of which there are only 7 among the 50 most expensive whiskies in the world. Among them 2 bourbons, 3 Japanese whiskies and all the rest form from Her Britannic Majesties realm.
What surprised most is the distillery at the top of the list The Macallan. Reading their web site on e discovers a production giant that has artisan care of every detail. The story begins in 1824 when Alexander Reid, transforms a distillery activity, which for centuries was carried in his home by his family, into one of the first authorized Scottish distilleries. Straight away he gets an excellent reputation for his single malts distilled from Minstrel barley cultivated in 158 hectares around the distillery. It is a fertile area, beautiful and uncontaminated, bordered by a salmon river. The
property changes ownership many times until reaching the Edrington Group and it increases its production. But the true moment of glory comes in 2010 when a bottle of The Macallan aged 64 years is sold by Sotheby’s in New York for a charity at the astronomic price of 460.000 Dollars and enters the Guinness World Records.
The secret of the Macallan whisky is in the 14 small copper stills which give the distilled beverage a fruity, rich and particularly intense character. These stills are so famous that they have been
reproduced on the 10 pound notes printed by the Bank of Scotland. Only the best of the best, about 16% of the total amount distilled, is selected for ageing in 170.000 barrels. The Macallan spends more than any other distillery for it wooden casks, which are of three types: Spanish and American for the oak ones for sherry and still American for the bourbon. The water added to the distilled product is also very special, it flows from the oldest rocks that are geologically known, the Pre-Cambrian that are more than 550 million years old. It is this water that gives the whisky its extraordinary minerality and ability to be aged.
The distilled products portfolio impresses because of its variety, quality and age, even the bottles are beautiful and some are in crystal such as those used for expensive perfumes.