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Top 10 Most Expensive Whiskeys in the World

Saturday, August 20th 2011. | Culinary

Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize (corn). Whisky is aged in wooden casks, made generally of white oak, except that in the United States corn whiskey need not be aged. Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many competing denominations of origin and many classes and types. The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wood. Indian whisky is an exception, where grain fermentation is not a requirement and the most common basis is fermented molasses. The requirement for aging in wood is also not entirely universal. People spent their money to buy whiskey and here is Top 10 most expensive whiskeys:

 

10. Ladybank Single Malt: $4,700

Ladybank

Ladybank

Ladybank Distillery main propose was to provide whisky for the ‘Grant’s’ blend when the distillery was built in the early 1960’s by William Grant. The last release was ten years ago, but there has been a few malts that have been release by this now closed distillery (produces vodka now) and they are sought after because they are so rare and are becoming a real collectors item.

 

9. The Macallan 1947 Fine and Rare Collection: $6,800

macallan 1947

macallan 1947

Rested in meticulously selected Spanish Oak sherry casks for 15 years, The Macallan Fine & Rare 1947 owes its natural rich beech color to the wood. It has a peaty nose balanced by citrus fruit, chocolate and vanilla, with notes of oak in the background. Light fruits, bitter chocolate and woody spice, with a touch of peat, evidence themselves on the palate, with lingering fruits and peat smoke for the big finish.

 

8. Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50 year old: $10,000

royal salute

royal salute

Royal Salute is a leading prestige Scotch whisky, launched on the 2nd June in 1953 by Chivas Brothers in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation. Names after the traditional 21 Gun Salute, all Royal Salute whiskies are aged for a minimum of 21 years, which allows the whisky to develop a rich and complex flavour. Blended from whiskies aged for at least 50 years.

 

7. The Macallan 1939 40 year old Fine and Rare Collection: $10,125

macalan 1939

macalan 1939

Macallan’s 1939 is a 40 year old whiskey with dried fruit and sweet toffee flavors and earthy peat smoke. The distillery added the whiskey to its Fine and Rare line and re-bottled it in 2002.

 

6. Glenfarclas 1955 50 year old: $10,878

glenfarclas

glenfarclas

This richly scented 50 year old Speyside whiskey is silky and spicy with a sweet start. The whiskey is the oldest batch bottled by Glenfarclas distillery.

 

5. Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter: $11,000

dalmore50

dalmore50

This Highland single malt had only sixty crystal-cut bottles produced of this fine whiskey. Many experts consider this deeply flavored and intense dark sherry-aged Dalmore among the best fifty year old whiskies in the world.

 

4. Macallan 55 Year old Lalique Crystal Decanter: $12,500

macallan 55

macallan 55

This whiskey has a smooth taste with overtones of peat smoke, and lingering citrus overtones. Macallan’s fifty-five year old Lalique whiskey is bottled in a design based on a 1910 perfume bottle.

 

3. Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection: $20,000

glenfiddich

glenfiddich

Thought of as possibly the oldest bottle of whisky in the world, this beyond rare Glenfiddich’s 1937 Rare Collection whiskey had only one bottle ever produced. The single bottle was purchased at a 2006 auction.

 

2. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch: $58,000

dalmore62

dalmore62

This Dalmore 62 single malt whiskey produced only a dozen bottles in 1942. One lucky buyer purchased a bottle for $58,000, sharing it with five friends.

 

1. The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare: $75,000

macallan 1926

macallan 1926

This Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare whiskey is the most expensive whiskey at $75,000. The flavor is described as dry and concentrated, with a licorice aftertaste. A South Korean businessman paid $70,000 in 2005 for the chance to own a bottle of this most expensive of whiskies.

 



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