These bottlings were made long before the bourbon renaissance, and their popularity was severely underestimated.
Pappy is picky about its consumers, which makes us covet it all the more. Desire was stirred so successfully by Buffalo Trace, that in late 2013 the Kentucky distillery was broken in to and 73 cases of the Bourbon were stolen. Good luck getting hold of it, law abiding citizens.
Only 500 bottles were produced, and only 50 bottles are being released per year, over a 10 year period. Multiples of 5 have never sounded so symphonic.
Whisky of a sunken ship, SS Politician
The 8000 tonne cargo ship had been bound for Jamaica and New Orleans, and had 28,000 cases of Whisky aboard.
The film Whisky Galore recounts a legend wherein Scottish locals attempt to loot the wreck for Whisky and gold.
In reality, some Whisky was discovered in 1987 by South Uist diver Donald McPhee, who thoughtfully brought a few bottles to the surface.
Sadly, the belief stands that seawater may have compromised the seals, making the Whisky unfit for consumption. This didn’t stop the salty nectar going for £12,000.
The secret to being the best Whisky in the world is subject to opinion, but Japanese Whisky’s popularity could have something to do with the use of the Mizunara cask. The wood type offers a niche range of aromas to its malts, often described akin to sandalwood. Whatever it is, it offers a distinct alternative to Scotch, and people like it.
Having said this, Suntory also use Oloroso Sherry casks to mature Yamazaki, a bulletproof method of balancing acidity and fruitiness.
The ritual dictates that a bartender cannot open a new bottle of the spirit when ordered in a bar; the honour must go to the guest who ordered it. They are the ones risking the fallout from the decision to open and enjoy this mythical nectar.
What’s more, an empty bottle of Superstition can only be thrown out once the Ankh is removed and hung proudly on the bar. Peaty and grassy flavour profiles it may have but that does not hide how incredibly weird this one is. Weird but worthy of the cult following it enjoys.
There’s our special five, catch one if you can.