Some people collect fine wines, others collect whiskies. If you want to get your hands on some incredible pieces of history (and the most expensive), these five are among the world’s finest and rarest whiskies you can add to your collection.
Nun’s Island Distillery Pure Pot Still Whiskey
From: Galway, Ireland
Why is it so expensive?: The heir of the Persse family estate left the family business to train racehorses, simultaneously making the Nun’s Island Distillery’s whiskey the world’s most expensive Irish whiskey. The last few bottles made by the Irish distillery have been relics ever since it closed in 1908. One of the latest owners put a bottle up for sale for $140,000 at the renowned Arkwrights Whisky and Wines.
Dalmore 64-Year-Old Trinitas Single Malt
From: Speyside (UK)
Why is it so expensive?: The Dalmore 64-year-old Trinitas Single Malt contains a mixture from batches produced in 1868, 1878, 1926, and 1939. If this doesn’t get you excited, the fact only three bottles were made will. Two wealthy whiskey collectors have already got their hands on two of the bottles, so there’s just one left. If you’re lucky, you might be able to snag the last bottle but expect to pay around $200k for it.
Dalmore 62-Year-Old Single Malt
From: Speyside (UK)
Why is it so expensive?: Interestingly, the Dalmore 62-year-old Single Malt is valued significantly higher than the last whiskey we mentioned, the Dalmore 64-year-old Trinitas Single Malt, despite being younger. The reason being is, when the distillery released the 62-year-old single malt just 12 bottles were made available for purchase. The last bottle was bought in 2011 for almost $350,000.
The Macallan 64-Year-Old in Lalique Cire Perdue
From: Craigellachie, Moray (UK)
Why is it so expensive?: Like the Nun’s Island Distillery Pure Pot Still Whiskey, this one has an interesting story behind it. What may surprise you about the Macallan 64-year-old in Lalique Cire Perdue is, it was created to raise money for clean water in undeveloped countries and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rene Lalique’s birth.
The bottle of Scotch Whiskey is truly a work of art: the crystal decanter was handcrafted by crystal artist Lalique. The fact it is one-of-a-kind and the oldest and rarest single malt whisky the distillery every created makes it no surprise it auctioned for over $640,000.
Isabella’s Islay Single Malt
Price: $9 Million
From: Islay, Scotland
Why is it so expensive?: Well, to tell you the truth, the bottle is probably worth more than the whiskey itself! The crystal decanter is decked out with thousands of diamonds, 8,500 to be exact, 300 rubies you can have spell out your name or initials, and white gold. Truly a showpiece of wealth, if you’ve got this whiskey displayed in your liquor cabinet, there’s no doubt you’re a rich fellow.