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14 July, 2015

Most Expensive Whiskies Ever Sold

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For those who drink, a good whiskey (or whisky!) is the epitome of good drinking. Usually the top ranking whisky at any given time is either Irish (who spell it whiskey) or Scottish (who spell it whisky). However this exquisite drink can achieve some of the most fantastic prices, especially at auctions. Often, though not always, an aged bottle of whisky from a notable brand, would fetch the premium prices that us mere mortals can only imagine paying for a bottle.

Below we have a list of the top five reported auction sold whiskies, just to tantalise you, knowing unless if you are a millionaire (in which case please adopt me!) you could only dream of tasting these amazing blends.

Name Highest Price
The Macallan 1946 $460,000.00
Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson $250,000.00
Dalmore 64 Trinitas $160,100.00
Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 $94,000.00
The Macallan 1926 $75,000.00


The Macallan 1946 LaliqueCire Perdue

The Macallan 64 years old in Lalique Cire Perdue
Highest Price Recorded: $460,000
Sold in a one of a kind decanter specially made for the occasion ( LaliqueCire Perdue).

As we have mentioned earlier, the older the whisky, then chances are the better it is. With Macallan leading the way in luxury whiskies, it comes as no surprise that their oldest ever bottled whisky which is over 69 years old, fetched the highest price ever at an auction in 2010 (when it was only 64 years old).

However we believe the price had been influenced by the one of a kind decanter that was specially made for it in which it was auctioned, as well as the fact that the auction was held for charity, and as we all know, charity auctions tend to get higher bids. Regardless, this makes it the highest priced bottle of whisky ever sold.

Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson

Dalmore 62 Singapore airport 250000 dollars

Highest Price Recorded: $250,000
Production limited to 12 bottles, a business man drank one in 2005 which he bought from a hotel for £32,000.

Dalmore makes the list again with this 12 bottle limited vintage, with each Dalmore 64 with a name taken from the Dalmore Estate. The price topping from the line was the Matheson, named after Alexander Matheson, the owner of the estate at the time. In 2005 a wealthy businessman decided whisky is for enjoying, and bought one for £32,000 at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, Surrey and pretty much drank the whole bottle.

Although this means probably only 11 full bottles are around (one displayed above at the Singapore Airport), I do not begrudge the drinker the bottle, if you can afford it, you might as well enjoy it. I only wish I was asked to join to have a small tumbler worth…

Dalmore 64 Trinitas

Dalmore Trinitas
Highest Price Recorded: $160,000
Production limited to three bottles, all currently in hands of private collectors.

Another brilliant distillery, the Dalmore is well known for its luxurious whiskies. Nothing adds more to the price than the two main facts, some of its stock blends had been maturing for over 140 years and that the ultra rare number of bottles issued – only three were ever made.

The Dalmore Trinitas was so named due to its three only issue, and has the prestigious record of being the first Scotch whisky to sell for over $100,000.

Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955

The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve-1955
Highest Price Recorded: $96,000
Production limited to fifteen bottles, all auctioned except the 4 held back by the family.

Celebrating a loved ones passing the only way a family that has run a distillery for over a century, the 55 year old bottle of Glenfiddich’s that has the highest record price of $94,000 at an auction, was named after the granddaughter of the founder of the distillery, William Grant.

The barrel had been maturing for over 55 years, sadly only enough whisky for 15 bottles was left due to evaporation. This limited circulation of 15 is much sought after by collectors, though the family still owns 4 out of the 15 that were made.

The Macallan 1926

MACALLAN 1926 normal
Highest Price Recorded: $74,000
Production limited to 40 bottles, original expected price was between $20-30,000.

Another rare Macallan, with only 40 bottles produced, this whisky holds a record at Christies Auction for selling at $54,000 though there are reports of a private sale of $74,000 and as such it makes the list. The limited edition Peter Blake label would probably fetch a premium should one ever come to market. (see picture below).

MACALLAN 1926 60 year old Peter Blake Label

Watch The Macallan 64 years old in Lalique Cire Perdue Auction

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