Whether you believe that the good stuff is made to be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire, or sitting in a vault as its value slowly increases, there is no doubt that there are some bottles of whisky that are worth some serious money. Just as with fine wine, some whiskies are aged for many years before they are even considered for purchase or consumption – sometimes more than half a century.
Whilst none of the sumptuous examples behind the bar at The Phoenix Hotel are going to break the bank – we like our customers coming back for more – take a look at these three seriously rare whiskies that you’d need to be a devout aficionado to even consider splashing out on!
The Balvenie 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky – AU$50,477.62
Made in the deepest, darkest recesses of rural Scotland, this 50-year old single malt is matured in a combination of both oak and sherry barrels. Even though that may sound impressive, is it really enough to warrant a 50K price tag? No, but this is: there are only two bottles in existence, and each of them had been filled from the very same distillation, identical kind of cask, on the same day in 1963. That’s the same year the second 007 film, ‘From Russia With Love’ came out.
Dalmore ’62 – AU$250,000
Only 12 Dalmore ’62s were produced, and the last one has just been sold to a Chinese financier for a quarter of a million during an auction at Changi Airport, Singapore. Unsurprisingly, that makes it the most expensive bottle of scotch ever to be sold, but why did the gentleman in questions part ways with an amount of money that could buy a decent-sized house?
Firstly, there’s a spirit that can be dated all the way back to 1868 in the Dalmore, making the Balvenie look a mere toddler in comparison. Then there’s the bottle itself, a crystal effort with a platinum recreation of the brand’s stag head, with all 12 points intact. The bottle is presented in a special wooden case, which required over 100 hours to make.
Isabella’s Islay – AU$8,650,639.90
We’re getting into ridiculous territory now. For the price of a London mansion, three Lamborghinis and your own super yacht, you can have a bottle of the world’s most expensive whisky. Except, it’s not really the whisky that you’re paying for. The bottle is handcrafted from English crystal with 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies and two bars of white gold, filled with Very Old Single Malt Islay whisky. As an added bonus, when you buy this bottle, you get free refills for the rest of your life. Ker-ching!