Whisky is not all musty barrels and ancient pot stills. With stamp and butterfly collection fad becoming a passé, accumulating and drinking rare, unusual and generally very old whiskies has emerged as one of the more surprising trends of the 21st century. Forbes put out a list of the most expensive whiskies that they could find in the wake of this current social phenomenon. A lot of buyers are serious, knowledgeable drinkers, who like to collect and share their “water of life”. These buyers are supporting the market for high-end whiskies, from the $42 bottle of single-barrel whiskey made by Jack Daniels to the $38,000, 60-year-old Macallan. Not bad for a drink that comes from a fermented pile of grain. The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection, 1926, 60 years old (Price: $38,000) is the oldest and most sought-after of Macallan’s revolutionary Fine & Rare Collection which is unbelievably sold out. The most expensive that you can still buy is the Macallan Fine & Rare Collection, 1939 ($10,125). Macallan describes it as having rich peat and powerful wood flavours overlaid with sweet toffee and dried fruits. Most Expensive Blended Scotch title is annexed by Chivas Regal Royal Salute, 50 Year Old for the price of $10,000. The rest of the list is after the jump.
Most Expensive Highland Whisky: Glen Garioch, 1958, 46-Year-Old ($2,600); Most Expensive Islay Whisky: Bruichladdich 40-Year-Old ($2,500); Most Expensive Speyside Whisky: Glenfiddich 40-Year-Old ($2,500); Most Expensive Campbeltown Whisky: Springbank 32-Year-Old ($750); Most Expensive Lowland Whisky: Auchentoshan 1973 32-Year-Old ($700); Most Expensive Bourbon: Evan Williams 23 Year Old Bourbon ($350); Most Expensive Irish Whiskey: Midleton Very Rare ($139); Most Expensive Japanese Whiskey: Suntory Yamazaki 18-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey ($110); Most Expensive Rye Whiskey: Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old ($55); Most Expensive Blended Malt Whiskey: Johnny Walker Green Label ($50); Most Expensive Wheat Whiskey: Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey ($50); Most Expensive Tennessee Whiskey: Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey ($42).