10 Most Expensive Bottles of Scotch

What can be more relaxing than a glass of scotch? It can be neat, or on the rocks or with a single drop of water. They express an unbelievable range of flavors, hidden beneath tastes of smoke, peat, and wood. Scotch Whiskey or Scotch is a malt or grain whiskey, essentially made in Scotland. And that means that it needs to be produced and matured in Scotland, and nowhere else.

All Scotch whiskey are traditionally made from malted barley. There are five Scotch categories: single malt, blended grain, blended malt, single grain, and blended Scotch. To legally be called Scotch whiskey, the spirit needs to be aged in oak casks for a minimum of three years and it has to retain its aroma, color, and taste from the raw ingredients. Scotch Whisky is a drink which could be described as bold, strong and fiery, as well as smooth, and almost sweet. It is a drink of depth and contrasts.

With flavors that could take you to another world, here are some of the most expensive scotches in the world:

10. Glenfarclas 1955

Age: 50 years


Distillery: Glenfarclas Distillery

Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

ABV: 44.6%

Size: 70cl

Bottled after almost 50 years of being in a barrel, Glenfarclas is one of the most beautiful scotches. It was personally selected by George Grant to commemorate the Bicentenary birth anniversary of his Great Grandfather; John Grant in 2005. This cask was distilled on the 30th September 1955 and bottled 50 years to the day on the 30th September 2005. This fine scotch is rumored to smell like burnished leather, roasted nuts, fruit cake, toffee apples, sultana, damp peat, and sappy oak. On the palate, it offers a sweet start, it tastes like baked fig with caramelized sugar, authentic European coffee, and chestnut. It has a silky feel to it.

9.Dalmore 50-Year-Old Decanter

Age: 50 years

Price: $11,000

Size: 70cl

ABV: 52%

Category: Scotch Whisky

Distiller: Dalmore Distillery

With only 60 bottles ever made, the Dalmore 50-year-old single malt stands out through the intensity of its flavors and its depth which brings out all sorts of aromas into a unique mix. Connoisseurs refer to it as “an unforgettable experience.” The flavor of this beautiful scotch is complex and attacks the palate immediately upon sipping. The astonishing range and concentration of aromas and flavors that hit the senses as one drinks this whiskey are utterly unique to Dalmore 50 year old. A limited edition of 60 bottles only has been yielded from the cask. It comes in a crystal packed in a beautiful wood box.

8.The Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Crystal Decanter

Age: 55 years


Size: 70 cl

ABV: 40.1%

Category: Scotch whiskey

Style: Single Malt

Distillery: Speyside distillery

The Macallan 55-Year-Old Lalique Crystal Decanter is one of the finest scotch ever. This whiskey is perfection, with a wonderful rosewood color and a refreshing aroma made of citrus, oak and spices and an incredible presentation. The legendary Speyside distillery joined forces with the famed crystal makers from Lalique to design this amazing decanter bottle that truly makes the whiskey one of its kind. For collectors of beautiful things and lovers of smoky, expensive whiskeys, this one is a complete stunner.

7.Mortlach 70 Years Old

Age: 70 years

Price: $28,000


ABV: 46.1%

Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

Distillery: Mortlach distillery

Mortlach 70 Years Old is the world’s oldest single malt. It was bottled after a decision was made to open the cask at the Mortlach distillery in Speyside. Only 54 bottles were yielded from the decanter. It boasts a wonderful waxy and fruity aroma, and comes in a beautiful tear drop shaped bottle.

6.Glenfiddich 1937 – $71,700

Age: 64years

Price: $71,700



Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

The story of this whiskey began on the year when King George VI was crowned and cask number 843 was set aside to be bottled. It is one of the rarest scotch, that has only 61 bottles available in the market. It was discovered to be an unusually slow-maturing whiskey. After several years of constant tasting, sniffing and waiting for the whiskey to mature, finally after 64 years, in October 2001, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master distiller declared that it was finally ready to be bottled.

5.The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare

Age: 60 years

Price: $75,000



Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

Distillery:  Macallan distillery

Macallan 1926 is a part of Fine and Rare series of Macallan Distillery in which they showcased some of the best single malts from their distillery. It was the oldest one of the collection to be put in a barrel in 1926 and it was one of the label’s most desired whiskeys. It is a dry, concentrated scotch with an aftertaste of licorice. Only a few bottles are released every year, making it a prestigious bottle to own.

4.Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955

Age:55 years

Price: $94,000



Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

Distillery:  distillery

This 55-year-old whiskey is named after Janet Sheed Roberts, the oldest women in Scotland who died at the age of 110 in 2012. Released just a couple of years ago, back in 2011, this amazing whiskey was matured for 55 years.  This whiskey has an amazing light amber hue, and tastes like barley but smells like oranges. It is a perfect harmony of fruit and floral aromas, it has a surprisingly light touch of oak. Additionally, the scotch has a light, smoky flavor and comes in a gorgeous rustic bottle. And because only 15 bottles were filled, it remains a highly sought after collector’s item.

3.Dalmore 64 Trinitas – $153,360

Age:64 years

Price: $153,360

Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

It is named Trinitas because there were only three bottles ever produced of this single malt. The Dalmore 64 was considered one of the world’s most flavored whiskeys ever produced, with notes of raisin, coffee, sandalwood, apples, orange, mango and even marzipan. This scotch is basically a blend of rare stocks, made from spirits dated back to 1868. The bottle is crafted with a smooth silhouette that provides a beautiful and sexy design. Two of the three have been acquired and now only one remains available for purchase. Thus, are highly sought after for its luxury and rarity.

2.Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique

Age:64 years

Price: $460,000



Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

Distillery: Macallan distillery

The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique is the oldest of Macallan’s single malt scotch whiskeys ever to be sold. Macallan created the whiskey from three separate casks, each a sherry-soaked Spanish oak cask. The most splendid element of the scotch is its decanter, which exhibits a class of its own. The decanter was hand-crafted by the master crystal workers at Lalique Cradles.

1.Macallan “M”

Age:70 years

Price: $631,850



Category: Scotch Whisky

Style: Single Malt

Distillery: Macallan distillery

After spending a gigantic 70 years in a cask, Macallan “M” conquered the world as soon as it came out of its cask. It became one if the rarest and most expensive whiskeys in the world. The Macallan’s classic resiny richness is abundant in the M, as are plump cherry and fruit-filled sherried overtones, and then comes notes of lemons, cedar, apples, violets, and a tobacco-laden finish. It comes in a crystal decanter designed by renowned fashion and luxury goods designer Fabien Baron and is crafted by Lalique.

Which of these do you want to try? Oops no, which of these can you afford to try?