Whether you enjoy your scotch on the rocks, neat, or with a splash of water, we’re sure you’ll agree there are few greater pleasures in life. Scotch whiskies boast a wonderful range of flavors which are hidden beneath subtle tones of wood, peat, and smoke. And while there are many high-street brands available, it’s a well-known fact that you get what you pay for.
So, whether you’ve just discovered scotch (where have you been all this time?) or you’ve got an accustomed pallet that can pick out the most delicate of notes, we’ve found the world’s most expensive scotches that are sure to impress.
The World’s Most Expensive Bottles of Scotch
Below are the most expensive and finest bottles of scotch you’ll find around the world. These are often more exclusive due to their quality, age, rarity, and unique bottles.
In this list, you’ll find scotches older than your great-grandparents, scotches in some of the finest decanters you’ll ever see, and scotches that have only ever been available in one bottle. Finding some of these bottles may be a challenge, but if you’ve got expensive taste, the flavors of these fine whiskies will speak for themselves.
From special occasions to toasting your own success, or to simply impress a discerning guest, here are the finest bottles of scotch whiskey you’ll want to add to your drinks (or trophy) cabinet:
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old – $22,000
500 bottles of this whiskey were produced, and they were created from two different casts of whiskeys, which dated back to 1955. For half a year, these two casts were married together before they were bottled to create a 41.6% proof whiskey. However, it’s not just the contents of this bottle that dazzle, as the bottle itself has been uniquely crafted to include an engraved silver seal. It also comes complete with a leather case, book, and signed certificate.
Mortlach 70 Year Old – $28,000
As the world’s oldest scotch (single malt), this was bottled in 1938 and boasts a distinguished flavor that includes tobacco and fig. Others who have tasted it have said it has a certain smoky flavor, which starts off sweet before ending with dry notes. This makes it one of the most intriguing drinks of its time, which is added to with its bright mahogany appearance.
1926 Macallan – $54,000
This whiskey’s large price tag is mainly derived from its age, with it dating back almost 100 years. Finding a bottle this old that has never been opened is a hard feat indeed, but one lucky owner sold theirs for $54,000 in 2007.
Another distinguished bottle of Macallan that dates back many years is the Macallan 1928, which originally retailed for $80 when it was first released. However, it recently sold for a much higher $48,300. Avid scotch fans may have also noticed James Bond drinking this particular scotch in the 2012 movie, Skyfall.
Dalmore Single Malt Scotch – $58,000
Produced using four single malts, which each came from a different year (1868, 1876, 1926, and 1939), the Dalmore Single Malt Scotch was one of a dozen bottles created. In 1943, all of these bottles were produced and given their own distinct names and labels. This particular bottle was sold at an auction for $58,000 and was enjoyed by the buyer and five of his friends. To date, many believe these six people are the only ones to have tasted scotch from this unique collection.
Glenfiddich 1937 – $85,100
Often regarded as one of the finest and oldest bottles of scotch, this is one of the rarest whiskies you’ll find. Glenfiddich’s 1937 whiskey was only ever available in one bottle, and this sold at auction in 2016 for the hefty price tag of $85,100. Produced by one of the world’s finest scotch makers, this bottle of whiskey is the world’s most highly decorated single malt, and it truly reflects the family’s history, innovation, and passion.
Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 – $94,000
Dating back to 1955, this bottle of scotch has an incredibly unique history. It is named after a lady who lived in Glenfiddich, Janet Sheed Roberts. When she passed away in 2012, aged 110, Glenfiddich released the bottle in her honor, and because only 15 bottles were ever made, it’s become a highly collectable bottle.
Dalmore 64 Trinitas – $160,100
Only three of these bottles were produced (hence the name) and the Dalmore 64 Trinitas is renowned for its unique blend and the bespoke bottle in which it comes. Crafted from a blend of rare casks that date back to 1868, this bottle was the first scotch to sell for six figures — but it wasn’t the last!
Macallan 64 Year Old Scotch in Lalique – $460,000
Part of the expense of this scotch is due to its fine decanter, which was handcrafted by those at Lalique Cradles. It was created to mark the 150th anniversary of the founder of the crystal company, and they collaborated with Macallan to craft something truly unique. Using three different casks from 1942, 1945, and 1946, Macallan created the whiskey which sold for $460,000 at auction in November 2010. All of the proceeds went to Africa to increase the availability of clean drinking water. This was the only bottle ever created.
Macallan “M” Scotch – $628,250
Our final scotch on the list is the most expensive in the world, as it sold for a jaw-dropping $628,250 in 2014 at a Hong Kong auction. The scotch is believed to have subtle notes of cherry, lemon, and leather with overtones of fruit and raisins. It also boasts twin flavors of vanilla and green apple, which work together beautifully as neither of them overpower the other.
Having been barreled for 70 years before it was placed in a bottle, this is what adds to the scotch’s value. And, like the runner-up on this list, it was placed in a bottle that was expertly crafted by Lalique — a luxurious complement for the whiskey itself.
The bottles of scotch listed above aren’t just unique drinks, they’re one-off pieces of art that boast incredibly unique qualities. And even though some of them are incredibly hard to find, they’re a worthwhile investment — and not just in money, but history too.