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10 whiskeys that are shockingly expensive

10 whiskeys that are shockingly expensive

By Dharam Dutta / folomojo staff

There are those who appreciate fine whiskey and those who appreciate single malt, what’s the difference? Well, only a true single malt lover will know. Take a look at 10 of the world’s most expensive whiskeys while you ponder over it.

Chivas Regal Royal Salute 50 year old
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The Chivas Regal created the Royal Salute to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. Marking the Queen's ascension to the throne in 1952, the bottle was laid in a barrel to age. 50 years later, the barrel was emptied into 255 bottles. The whiskey is said to contain a raisin and cloudy anise flavor.

Taste - Raisin and cloudy anise
Age - 50 years
Price - $10,000 (INR 6,33,550)

The Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Decanter
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This single malt was aged for 55 years, Macallan teamed up with French crystal makers Lalique to design the decanter.

Taste - Mace, ground ginger and nuts
Age - 55 years
Price - $12,000 (INR 7,93,437)

Glenfiddich 50 year old
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One of the finest whiskies in the world, the Glenfidditch 50 year old comes from two casks both matured for 50 years, they were carefully married for exceptional aroma and flavor.
Taste - Zesty orange marmalade and vanilla toffee, floral and soft fruits, silky oak tannin and gentle smoke.
Age - 50 years
Price - $16000 (INR 10,15,207)

Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt
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The taste of sophistication comes wrapped in a 5kg silver decanter. The gentlemen at Highland Park teamed up with renowned Scottish jewelry designer Maeve Gillies to create this beautiful decanter.
Taste - Dusty wood, old tobacco, fruit and spices, cooked damsons, raisins and nutmeg.
Age - 50 years
Price - $17500 (INR 11,10,820)

Dalmore Selene 1951
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The Dalmore Selene was named after the Titan goddess of the moon, two individual casks were filled on the same day on 7th June 1951 and left to sleep in a dark warehouse at Dalmore. Half a century later the two casks were married and the deity of their consummation was 'The Selene'.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, marmalade and cinnamon
Age - Over 51 years
Price - $24,000 (INR 15,22,318)

1926 Macallan Fine And Rare Collection
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This fine Single Malt is known as the best in the world. It was recently bought by a Korean businessman at an auction.

Taste - It was said to be concentrated and dry
Age - Over 80 years
Price - $75,000 (INR 47,56,875)

The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve-1955
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The Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve was bottled in November 2011. It was a commemoration of her contribution to Glenfiddich and the celebration of her 110th birthday. Just 15 bottles of this fine luxury was filled due to evaporation and barrel soaking over the years it spent in slumber.

Taste - Creamy vanilla and a gentle smokiness, sweet oak and zesty orange.
Age - Over 60 years
Price - $94,000 (INR 59,60,070)

Dalmore 64 Trinitas
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One of the rarest single malts in the world, the Dalmore 64 Trinitas only came in 3 bottles. The aging of this fine tasteful luxury is quite complex, it has spirits from different ages -1868, 1878, 1926 and 1939. It matured after a zenith of sleep only to be awakened 64 years later for 3 very gifted (and rich) single malt lovers to indulge in.

Taste - Roasted coffee, truffles, sweet sultanas, figs, a caramelized topping of Seville oranges, apples, mangos and dates with, marzipan, walnuts and sugar
Age - Over 64 years
Price - $160100 (INR 1,01,52,741)

The Macallan 64 Years Old – Lalique Cire Perdue
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The Macallan 64 was Macallan’s oldest single malt to be sold in 2010, and the proceeds went to a charity which aimed at providing safe drinking water to developing nations. The Macallan 64 was vatted from three sherry-seasoned oak casks, one in 1942, the second in 1945, and the third in 1946. The main highlight of this fine single malt is its Lalique crystal decanter made specifically for the Macallan 64.

Taste - Must be worth the money
Age - 64 years at time of sale
Price - $464,000 (INR 2,94,19,920)

Isabella’s Islay
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Isabella’s Islay doesn’t exactly qualify in the list of the most expensive single malts of the world. Firstly, nobody knows its age, Ruwa the “non-alcoholic beverage company”, the creators of Isabella’s Islay claim that it is very old, but without a number. But, why so expensive? Well, the decanter it comes in has 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies and white gold equivalent to 2 solid bars. All this over a crystal shell.

Price - $6.2 million


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