These are 5 of the Most Expensive Scotch Whiskies Out There

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Most Whiskies are pretty reasonably priced, considering the many years of love and dedication poured into them. But there are a few exceptions that unless you own a bank, will push you into the red no doubt.

That being said, these five spectacular Scotches top the pricelist of what's currently available in stores.

1. The Balvenie Fifty, Cask 4567
Price Tag: £26,500 / $40,300
The age statement on this Balvenie alone qualifies it for a pretty high price tag! It was barrelled all the way back in 1963 when flower power and free love were taking over the world.

The Balvenie 50 - Photo: The BalvenieBack then, David Stewart, Malt Master at Balvenie, took two oak hogsheads and filled them with some of the distillery’s best liquid. Fast-forward 50 years and the result comes to us exquisitely packaged and with a price tag to match.

The Balvenie Fifty was released to celebrate Stewart’s 50th year with William Grant’s. The bottle is presented in a cylindrical box made from varying shades of oak with one brass ring in the middle, bearing a description.

2. The Macallan 1949 50 Year Old Millennium
Price Tag: £22,500 / $34,200
The Macallan is not known for its affordable Whisky, but with a liquid so good, that is not surprising.

The Macallan 1949 50 Year Old MillenniumThe Macallan 1949 50 Millenium was barrelled in 1949 and 50 years later was bottled, just in time for the incoming millennium. It is packed with oak, which isn’t really that shocking considering its age. It also has some wonderfully sweet undertones that are emphasised by the smoky background.

Like The Balvenie it is beautifully packaged, in its own decanter and presentation box.

3. Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Rare Collection
Price Tag: £22,000 / $33,500
Glenfiddich are world renowned for their drams and this expression only adds to that reputation. There were only ever 500 bottles produced from the two barrels, filled in 1955 and 1957, that were used to make this, with 50 being released each year since 2009.

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Rare Collection - Photo: GlenfiddichIt is not only the Whisky that is rare. The bottles for Glenfiddich 50 Year Old are hand blown by Scottish glassblowers Glasstorm and then adorned with silver plaques made by sixth generation silversmith Thomas Fattorini.

The presentation boxes are also one of a kind, having been hand stitched from leather and lined with woven silk, taking inspiration from William Grant’s personal ledgers.

4. The Dalmore Constellation Collection 1966 46 Year Old Cask 7
Price Tag: £21,275 / $32,300
The Constellation Collection is a range of expressions that were barrelled between 1964 and 1992. The Dalmore Constellation 1966 was barrelled in 1966 and is the second oldest in the collection.

The Dalmore Constellation Collection - Photo: The DalmoreIt was first matured in an ex-Bourbon American white oak cask for 37, when it was then placed in an ex-Matusalem oloroso sherry butt for six years. It was then moved again, this time into another ex-Bourbon barrel, to be finished for two years. That’s quite a journey, so you can appreciate the hefty price tag!

The result is brilliant as well. From a sweet, citrusy blood orange tang on the nose to a spicy, fruit-filled palate, this is a remarkable dram.

5. The Macallan Fine & Rare 1937 32 Year Old
Price Tag: £19,500 / $29,650
The Macallan Fine and Rare 1937This dram was distilled in 1939 and barrelled in 1969, giving it 32 long years to mature. And what great things have come from those years!

The Fine and Rare Collection is one of the Whisky world’s finest ranges and Macallan are very proud of their product. This dram represents some of the best from that range.

Tempted? Go ahead, you only live once, just don't keep it hidden in some corner.

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By Greg


About the author: Greg is a Whisky, brand, and business blogger, based in London. He's engaging the trade and gently educating consumers through the articles on his own blog Great Drams, here on The Flaviar Times and in other trade and consumer publications.

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