These are some of the most expensive Scotches available on the market today, so if you do feel like you want to splurge a little, then these are the perfect malts for you!
1. The Macallan 15 Year Old 1947 (bottled 1962) Fine & Rare
The Macallan Fine & Rare range represents the best of the distillery’s oldest stock and this 15 Year Old is a particularly impressive expression. This dram has seen it all, having lived through every decade since 1947.
2. Dalmore 50 Year Old (newest release)
Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dalmore's Master Distiller Richard Paterson working for the distillery, this is an incredible malt that has been hand crafted by the man himself. It has been matured in American White Oak, Matusalem oloroso Sherry casks, sourced from the Gonzalez Byass Bodega before being finished for 50 days in Champagne casks from Domaine Henri Giraud.
3. Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1805 Celebration
This blend has been crafted from Whiskies aged between 45-70 years, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. It was released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Johnnie Walker brand and is made of some of their finest drams. Only 200 bottles were released.
4. The Macallan In Lalique 65 Year Old
This is the final release in the Macallan Six Pillars Collection and the final expression to be released in a Lalique decanter. The decanter is very beautiful and captures the pure quality of the liquid inside. The malt itself has been aged 65 years and is one of The Macallan’s rarest.
5. Mortlach 1935 75 Year Old
Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, this is thought to be one of the oldest Whiskies ever to be released. Only 100 decanters of this dram have been released, so as well as being incredibly old, they are also incredibly rare. Which probably goes a long way to explain the hefty price tag.
6. Tamdhu 50 Year Old
Tamdhu 50 Year Old, released to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ian Macleod Distillers from Tamdhu Distillery is well worth the £16,000 price tag. The malt itself has been aged in first fill European oak Sherry butts and has an incredible spice to it. The decanter is presented in a solid oak canister with silver plating. If that isn’t luxury, I don’t know what is.
7. Balvenie 43 Year Old 1972
This is an award-winning malt from Balvenie’s DCS Collection. It was first distilled in 1972 and then bottled in 2016. There were only 93 bottles ever of this in existence so if you get the opportunity to buy it, or simply to try it, it is a must.
8. Glenmorangie Pride 1974
Hailing from the Highlands, this malt may not be the most expensive on the list, but it is certainly an interesting one. It has been matured for a whopping 41 years in ex- Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks and is one of the oldest and rarest release from Glenmorangie. Like many on this list, it has been bottled into an exquisite decanter that reflects the quality of the liquid inside.
9. Tullibardine 1952
Tullibardine Distillery was founded in 1949 and this Whisky was distilled a mere three years later and finished in Sherry casks. It is the oldest malt available from the distillery and only 70 bottles have been made. The decanter has been made by Baccarat and is presented in a case that essentially doubles as its own bar, with two glasses included as well.
10. The Balvenie 46 Year Old
This malt from Balvenie was also released as part of the celebrations for Master Distiller David C. Stewart’s 50th anniversary with the distillery, this dram finishes Chapter 1 of the DCS Compendium. There are only 68 bottles of this available, but judging by how well the other expressions in the series have done so far, this is a must buy (if your wallet allows you!).
Cover image: Mortlach 75 Years Old Whisky via Gordon & MacPhail Whisky (Facebook @gordonandmacphail)