Have you ever wondered, if you have some spare cash lying around, what would be the most expensive bottle of scotch you can buy? Realistically speaking, it will probably be a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold for my case. But if you find yourself hanging in the company of Bill Gates and the likes, here are some ridiculously expensive bottles of scotch that might catch your fancy:
10) Chivas Regal Royal Salute, 50 years old.
The Chivas Regal 50-year Royal Salute is released in 2003 as a special edition to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 50 years on the throne (coronation day in 1953). Each bottle features a hand-engraved 24-carat gold plaque. There were only 255 bottles in the world.
9) The Macallan 1939, 40 years old.
First bottled in 1979, this peaty and powerful whisky that comes with dried fruit and sweet toffee flavors was re-bottled in 2002, and added to McCallan's Fine and Rare line.
8) Glenfarclas 1955, 50 years old.
This whisky, bottled in 2005 exactly fifty years to the day after it was distilled, was hand-picked by George S. Grant to celebrate the birth of his ancestor, John Grant, who bought the Glenfarclas distillery back in 1865. The entire 110 bottles sold out even before this whisky was released.
7) Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter
Bottled in 1978 into just sixty crystal decanters. Reputably one of the best 50 year old whisky ever made, and a personal favorite of many rich families in the world.
6) The Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Crystal Decanter
A celebration between two great nations and one of the finest creative collaborations between Scotland and France, The Macallan 55 Years old Lalique is bottled in 1910 in a perfume bottle designed by Rene Lalique. Worldwide, only 420 decanters were released, with only one hundred available in the United States.
5) Glenfiddich 1937
64 year old Glenfiddich, widely regarded as the oldest bottle of whisky in the world. This Glenfiddich's 1937 Rare Collection whisky had only one bottle ever produced, with the single bottle sold at a 2006 auction.
4) The Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch
One of the only twelve bottles produced in 1943. The whisky was purchased for $58,000 at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, where the anonymous buyer reportedly share it with five of his lucky friends.
3) The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare
It is rumored that a South Korean businessman paid $75,000 in 2005 for the chance to own a bottle of this scotch, whose flavor is described as dry and concentrated. The rumor is later confirmed by Macallan themselves.
2) Dalmore 64 Trinitas
Trinitas is named because there are only three bottles of this whisky been made. This whisky is a blend of rare stocks, containing spirits dating from 1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. This is the first scotch to sell for six figures.
1) Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique
And here it is, the most expensive scotch in the world: The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique! The scotch was sold for $460,000 at an auction at Sotheby's, New York on November 2010, breaking the record for the most expensive whisky ever sold, and claiming the title of world's most expensive scotch.
The special decanter was designed and created by famed French designer Lalique, and contains 1.5 litres of the rare "The Macallan" whisky. The special decanter, itself, is crafted with a unique "cire perdue", or "lost wax" method.