The Top 13 World’s Most Expensive Whiskeys 2023 (Brand & Price)

The top 13 most expensive whiskeys in the world.


These whiskeys are very rare that is the major reason they are very expensive. Whiskeys are customarily made from malted barley (especially Scotch whiskies). 


Although, other cereals may also be used such as wheat and maize. The grain used and methods of production depend on the distiller and sometimes the country where it is produced. Nonetheless, the method use by distillers is almost the same (slightly different). 


The general process includes malting, Mashing, Fermenting, Distillation, Maturation, and bottling. The preparation of the whisky is a slow technique that undergoes aging for so many years, like 75 years and more. 


In fact, after aging for so many years, these rare whiskeys do not lose their strength, their quality remains. Contrasting to wine, whiskey ages in barrel, once it is in the bottle, the aging stops. The brand name also accounts for the price, like Macallan and Dalmore. 


For example, you can buy any handbag for small change, but for Gucci, Fendi, or Versace, it will cost lots more. This also applies to whiskeys brand recognition. 


Furthermore, the rare the whiskey is, the costlier, the more people are excited to get it. All this makes these whiskeys extremely high in price. Hence, the price is not just the value of the liquid inside. But then again, we know the whisky will surely taste good. 


However, opening a bottle that costs millions of USD can be a weird decision. Many buy these whiskeys at auction, open them and start to consume them to show off. Some buy it to celebrate high-rolling sales deals. 


Here are the top 13 world’s most expensive whiskeys (Brand & Price), they are,

  • Isabella Islay
  • The Macallan 1926
  • The Macallan Valerio Adami
  • The Macallan M
  • Macallan 64 Lalique Cire Perdue
  • Dalmore 62
  • Dalmore 64 Trinitas
  • Nun's Island Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve
  • Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection
  • W & J Mutters Bowmore
  • Dalmore 62 Highland Malt Scotch 
  • Balvenie 50-year-Old Single malt Scotch whisky

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13. Balvenie 50-year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky  

Among the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Balvenie 50-year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
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Price: $ 37,000


The Balvenie release few bottles of whisky that have been aged for fifty years. Which has been available after August 2018 at specialist retailers around the world. It is a whisky bottled at 41.6% ABV (alcohol by volume). 


The whisky is matured with Oak notes, Citrus with delicate spice, and maple syrup. It was produced by David Stewart who is the Balvenie master. The bottles are named Marriage 0962 according to the month and year that Stewart starts working at the company.



12. Dalmore 62 Highland Malt Scotch Matheson 1942  

One of the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Dalmore 62 Highland Malt Scotch Matheson 1942.
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Price: Around $58,000


It is one of the unique and costliest spirits on earth today. It is named after Alexander Matheson. The Dalmore Estate belongs to him. At the time of production of the whisky in 1942, just 12 bottles were produced.  At an auction, a single bottle was sold at that staggering price mentioned above.



11. W & J Mutters Bowmore        

One of the most expensive whiskeys in the world is W & J Mutters Bowmore.
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Price: $ 40,000  


It is the oldest single malt known to exist. It was distilled by Bowmore. It was bottled on Islay by W & J Mutter in the 1850s or 1890s (the real age of the spirit is not certain). That means it can be 150 years old. One of the bottles was sold at that amount at an auction in 2007.




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10. Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection  

Among the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection.
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Price: $71,000


It is a rare single malt whisky bottle extracted in 1937. It is ABV 40%, 70CL whisky.  It is sold at that price in an auction at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh. 


It is one of the world’s maturest and the finest whiskies from the time of King George VI’s coronation of the United Kingdom. For 64 years, the spirit never evaporated and it did not lose its strength, the nature remains. 


According to information on the Glenfiddich website, all the 61 bottles outlive out of the 843 bottles are sold out. It has the flavor of bitter chocolate, oak, cedar, and sweet notes. 




9. Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve  

One of the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve.
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Price: $94, 000


It is a whisky of 11 bottles of ABV 44.4%, 70CL. It was produced in recognition of the last grandchild of Glenfiddich founder, William Grant. His last grandchild is the late Janet Sheed Roberts. The eleven bottles were released to celebrate each of the decades she lived. 


The rare whisky raises £400,000 at auction for charity around the world. The color is Pale gold with an autumn barley hue. Its zip has an incredible vibrancy with gentle smokiness and creamy vanilla counterbalanced with sweeter oak notes.




8. Nun's Island Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey  

One of the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Nun's Island Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey.
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Price: around $ 170, 000               


The whisky is believed to be the final bottle from Nun's Island Distillery in Galway city. It is one of the world's rarest bottles, with this; it is sold at that ridiculous price. The distilleries stop producing in early 1908. So the whisky dates from the late 1800s. Even at this, the spirit is in a good condition.




7. Dalmore 64 Trinitas               

Dalmore 64 Trinitas is among the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
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Price: around $ 145, 000


The Trinitas are elegant masterpieces and one of the luxurious spirits. It contains spirits dating 1868, 1878, 1926, and 1939. This whiskey is truly outstanding single malts that were aged for 64 years. 


It has a long maturation process, in which different styles of wood are used.  It is unavailable because just 3 bottles of the whiskeys were made. With this, only a few will know it, thus it is among the costliest whiskey. 


Out of the 3 bottles, it is only one that was sold to a collector in the US, while other ones were reserved for private collection. The 3 bottles were manufactured from crystals of special feature and clarity and then embellished with silver.


It was sculpted into a beautiful shape to magnify the liquid in it. To make sure that the magnificent liquid is carried safely, 3 boxes were made from English oak. 100 man-hours were spent on the construction of the boxes. On the surface of each box, coats of lacquer were applied with mirror finishes.




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6. Dalmore 62                             

Dalmore 62 is among the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
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Price: Around $ 335,000


The bottle of this whisky is also rare that just 12 bottles of the Dalmore 62 were made. Each of the bottles is specifically enumerated, named and hand signed. The whisky is very costly because of three main reasons. 


First, it is rare, it only appears in the auction just two times. Secondly, its brand’s heritage and then its special taste because of the meticulous process it undergoes. 


It is one of the world’s sought-after whiskies. The whisky was aged for 50 years and seasoned with Gonzales Byass Matusalem Oloroso thirty Year Old Sherry. All this brings about the monetary value of Dalmore 62.




5. Macallan 64 Lalique Cire Perdue  

Among the most expensive whiskeys in the world is Macallan 64 Lalique Cire Perdue.
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Price: $ 460,000


The whisky is sold at that whooping amount mentioned above at an auction in New York to a woman buyer (her name is unknown). Its decanter was crafted by the popular French designer Lalique. He made the Lalique decanter using "lost wax" or “cire perdue".  


It is a rare Macallan whisky that is 1.5L in volume. Prior to the auction time, the whiskey was engaged on a 12-city "tour du monde" to stimulate the interest of people to raise funds for an establishment that delivers drinkable water in developing countries. 


For the charity, the spirit raises an aggregate of a staggering amount of $600,000. It is one of the admired single malt whiskies in the world today. By tradition, it is known for its development from the Spanish oak, sherry seasoned casks.




4. The Macallan M                     

The Macallan M is among the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
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Price: $628,000


The M means a masterpiece made in collaboration with three crafts masters. The tree masters are Whisky Maker at The Macallan, Bob Dalgarno, CEO of LALIQUE, Silvio Denz, and Creative Director of Baron and Baron, Fabien Baron. 


The M draws its classic flavored tradition because it is mingled with wood notes, orange citrus, spices, and rich dried fruits. The spirit is very rich in natural color, intensity, and complexity that has not been seen in single malt before.




3. The Macallan Valerio Adami      

The Macallan Valerio Adami is the third on the list of the most expensive whiskeys in the world.



Price: $ 1.1 million


The Macallan Valerio Adami is also The Macallan 1926, but label as the Macallan Valerio Adami. It was sold for the above price in February 2020 at the Bonhams auction in Hong Kong in May. 


The bottle was sold both live and online by Whisky Auctioneer.  The winning bidder of the whiskey eventually comes from Europe after people from 11 countries bid for the spirit.




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2. The Macallan 1926                  

The Macallan 1926 is one of the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
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Price: $ 1.9 million


The Macallan is a distillery in Craigellachie Speyside, Scotland. The whiskey bottle is Iconic, in which its cask was distilled in 1926. It is a rare whiskey, record-breaking bottle. Only 40 bottles of the whiskey were bottled in 1986, after being aged for 60 years. It is a 750-milliliter size bottle. 


Though where all the bottles are unknown, but 12 are labeled by the Italian pop artist Valerio Adami in 2017. In 2018, the spirit was sold at the above price at auction. 



1. Isabella Islay                           


Isabella Islay is the number one most expensive whiskeys in the world.
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Price: $ 6.4 million


Isabella Islay is a stunning luxurious whiskey ever. Its price is mind-boggling. The luxury beverage company that produces this foremost pricey whiskey says, “The whiskey is designed to take beverage to the next level”.  


The whiskey is extremely costly because it is a unification of jewelry, skill from whiskey makers, and the skill of craftsmen. The spirit bottle is made of diamond on its surface. The writing is in red ink from the gemstone of rubies. 


The stopper which is the decanter is made of gold and the finest English Crystal is used for the neck of the decanter. A total number of 8,500 diamonds, two bars of white gold, 300 rubies, and a fine English Crystal decanter are used. It is the British Isles' most exceptional craftsmanship with ancient design. Therefore, it is the costliest whiskey on earth today. 

 



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