Friday, September 5, 2014

The Top 10 Most Expensive Whiskies in the World

One of the best ways to end a day is by enjoying a glass or two of whiskey. Strong and relaxing, whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage created out of fermented grain mash. While different kinds of grains may be used, such as barley, corn, rye or wheat, all of them are aged to perfection in wooden barrels generally made out of charred white oak.

Some of the best whiskies have been in storage for decades. Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive whiskies in the world.

10. Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50-Year-Old ($10,000)
To celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, Chivas Regal released a specially-made whisky called the Chivas Regal Royal Salute. Just like the queen's ascension to the throne, this whisky was also laid to a barrel in 1952 and aged for 50 years.

9. Macallan 1939 ($10,125)
The Macallan 1939 comes from the distillery company's Fine and Rare collection. The whisky was first bottled in 1979 after the company had it aged for 40 years. It comes in one of their classic Lalique crystal decanter. Macallan is known for producing a strong collection of whiskies.

8. Glenfarclas 1955 ($10,878)
In 1865, John Grant bought the Glenfarclas Distillery in Ballindalloch in Scotland from Robert Hay. The distillery, at that time, was already running for 29 years. To celebrate his ancestor's birthday, George Grant handpicked a barrel in 1955 that would honour the man who started the family business. This barrel was then bottled in 2005.

7. Dalmore 50-Year-Old ($11,000)
It is one of the best 50-year-old whiskies ever made and much sought after. The whisky was first distilled in 1920 and then bottled in 1978, with only 60 bottles being produced. The bottles themselves were made of crystal decanters.

6. Macallan 55-Year-Old ($12,500)
This whisky was distilled in a sherry oak barrel and aged for 55 years. The single malt whiskey was then bottled in a Lalique Crystal Decanter, made by Rene Lalique who created a similar perfume bottle in 1910.

5. Glenfiddich 1937 ($20,000)
It was distilled in 1937 in Scotland. Left to age gracefully, the barrel was then opened and the whisky was bottled in 2001. Only 61 bottles were made. The whisky is said to have a rich walnut color, though it has hints of cedar, cinnamon, cloves and toffee.

4. Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Matheson ($58,000)
Only 12 bottles were made in 1942, each of which was given names unique but relevant to the Dalmore Estate. The most expensive was the Matheson, named after Alexander Matheson, the owner of the estate.

3. Macallan 1926 ($75,000)
This is the oldest in the Fine and Rare collection of Macallan. It was distilled in 1926 and bottled only in 1986. Only 40 bottles were produced. It is dry and concentrated as no water has been added to it.

2. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 ($94,000)
Glenfiddich had a barrel of Scotch whisky that has been aging since New Year's Eve of 1955. When Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of Glenfiddich's founder William Grant, passed away at 110, the company decided to honour her by mb aking 15 bottles from the said barrel. Four were kept by the family while the rest were auctioned off. A whisky connoisseur from Atlanta bought one of them for $94,000.

1. Macallan 1946 ($460,000)
This bottle of single malt whisky in a LaliqueCire Perdue decanter was sold in 2010 at an auction, with the proceeds going to charity. This whisky is unusual in that it was made with peated malt because of the then-prohibitive prices of coal that shot up because of World War II. This is a classic Macallan and one of the best ever released.