The distilled alcoholic beverage of whiskey is made from fermented grain mash. Grains such as barley, corn, rye and wheat are generally used in the process. It is interesting to know that during the 18th century in America, whiskey was a preferred currency among Pennsylvania residents. What is more interesting is that most of the expensive bottles of whiskey are priced high not due to their quality or taste, but due to the vessels that contain them.
Lets have a look at the 10 most expensive bottles of whiskey in the world.
1. Isabella's Islay - USD 6,200,000
A bottle of Isabella's Islay is the most expensive whiskey that money can buy. The price tag of more than 6 million dollars that comes with a bottle of this whiskey is because of the decanter that contains it. It features 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies and exquisite white gold. Talking about the whiskey, it is one of the finest ever and is the epitome of luxury scotch whiskey.
2. The Macallan M - USD 628,205
The 6 litre bottle of The Macallan M is one of the oldest and most expensive whiskeys in the world. The decanter that contains it is made up of handcrafted crystal and was designed and created by 17 crafters. The last bottle of The Macallan M was sold at an auction in Hong Kong for USD 628,205. They are aged in Spanish Oak for 25 to over 75 years.
3. The Macallan 64 in Lalique Cire Perdue - USD 464,000
The drink comprises of three different types of whiskeys that are aged in Spanish oak barrels from 1942, 1945, and 1946. A bottle of The Macallan 64 in Lalique Cire Perdue is rare to find and was last seen at an auction in 2010 where it was sold for USD 464,000. The decanter that houses this whiskey is unique and made of crystal. It was exclusively designed by the iconic French glassmaker Lalique.
4. Dalmore 62 - USD 250,000
The rare whiskey of Dalmore 62 is known to be more than a century old and dates back to to the mid-19th century. The decanter that houses the whiskey is made of platinum and crystal, while the wooden mold that is used to create the decanter took over 100 hours to be handcrafted.
5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas - USD 160,000
A blend of some of the rage vintages, Dalmore 64 Trinitas features whiskeys that are preserved since 939, 1926, 1878, and 1868. Just three bottles of this precious whiskey are known to have ever been made, out of which only one is available for sale, for a whopping price of USD 160,000.
6. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 - USD 94,000
A bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 was sold for USD 94,000 in 2012 at an auction in New York and remains to be one of the most expensive bottles of whiskey to have ever been sold. The whiskey is made of barley, pear and heather and is quite rare to find, making it all the more expensive. Only 11 bottles of this whiskey are known to have ever been made.
7. Springbank 1919 - USD 78,000
One of the few bottles of whiskey that is more than 50 years old and is available for sale online for USD 78,000, Springbank 1919 was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive whiskey in the world. Till today, it is one of the most desired whiskeys in the world.
8. The Macallan 1926 fine & rare - USD 75,000
Very few bottles of this vintage are known to be released each year, which is the primary reason for its high price tag. The Macallan 1926 is the oldest and the earliest release of Macallan's Fine & Rare collection. A bottle of this premium drink costs USD 75,000.
9. Glenfiddich 1937 - USD 71,700
The rare single malt Scotch whiskey of Glenfiddich features interesting, rich notes of molasses, chocolate, cedar, burnt heather, and oak. The vintage was drawn from a cask that was made in 1937. Offering exquisite composition, only 60 bottles of this whiskey are available worldwide, on auction. The highest price at which Glenfiddich 1937 has been sold at an auction was USD 71,000 in 2012.
10. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch (Matheson 1942) - USD 58,000
Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch was released in 1942 in order to honour Alexander Matheson, who had built the legendary Dalmore Distillery in 1839. Only 12 bottles of this scotch whiskey were made, which is the prime reason for its high price. A bottle of this premium beverage can be bought at a private collector's auction for USD 58,000, if not more.