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Sitting on his sofa, a glass of whisky in his hand; the golden reflections of it spinning to the rhythm of the ice cubes. Only a few more sips of this nectar that slides down the throat and awakens the senses.
Makes you want to, doesn’t it?
A Whiskey is appreciated and not all can be appreciated equally. Before giving you the top 10 most expensive whiskeys in the world it is essential to ask yourself what is Whiskey?
- 1 What is whisky?
- 2 What is the whisky making process?
- 3 How do you enjoy a good whisky?
- 4 What to offer if you can afford it?
- 4.1 1 – Isabella’s Islay
- 4.2 2 – Master of Malt – 105 Year Old
- 4.3 3 – 64 Year Old Macallan
- 4.4 4 – 62 Year Old Dalmore
- 4.5 5 – Dalmore 64 Trinitas
- 4.6 6 – 1926 Macallan Fine and Rare Collection
- 4.7 7 – Dalmore 62 Simple Hiland Malt Scotch
- 4.8 8 – Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt
- 4.9 9 – Glenfiddich 50 Year Old
- 4.10 10 – Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Crystal
What is whisky?
Whisky is a cereal brandy. It is aged in an oak barrel for a minimum of 3 years and must be aged at 40°. The cereal used and the assemblies allow them to be classified as follows:
– Single Malt: Cereal brandy (malted barley) from a single distillery
– Blended Malt (Pure Malt): a blend of Single Malt
– Blended Whisky: a blend of Single Malt with grain whisky (distilled with a wheat or corn base)
What is the whisky making process?
As explained above, whisky is a brandy and is obtained by a distillation process. In this process the key is fermentation because it gives the tempo for the whole process. For whisky, the cereals are distilled in a still, i.e. the sugars contained in the grains are extracted and transformed into alcohol using yeast.
It is exactly the same process as for all other alcohols with grapes (Cognac, Armagnac), apples (Calvados) or even sugar cane (Rum).
The last stage is the ageing in oak barrels, of which there are more than fifty varieties. Small barrels favour a faster development of aromas, due to a ratio of wood-alcohol to wood.
The bouquet of whiskies is the result of complex chemical reactions between the components of the wood, the distillate, the environment, the weather conditions and their fusion.
Now that we know what whisky is and how to obtain a good whisky, the real question is to know how to taste it.
How do you enjoy a good whisky?
Far be it from me to explain how to taste whisky as a professional, but I can give you some tips to impress your guests or hosts.
Let’s start with the beginning which is the container. You have to know how to choose the right glass because the visual aspect is just as important as the taste and putting your senses in the best conditions allows them to work correctly.
A not too wide glass with a tight neck to be able to concentrate the aromas and give yourself the space to smell them.
In a second step we will focus on the aspect of whisky. The colour and reflections give all the necessary information about the maturation of the whisky as well as the tears that form on the walls of the glass.
The more oily the whisky is in texture and the slow drops to drop into the glass the higher the degrees are.
Finally, and not only for wine consumers, smell it, taste it. Indeed, do not hesitate to smell the aroma; a quick nose hit for the most fleeting aromas; retract the distance with the whisky: let it dominate you!
Let a sip slip on your tongue and line your mouth with this drink. You must at least keep your whisky in your mouth for 10 seconds to be able to enjoy it. It is important to let the aromas develop in the mouth and let the pleasure rise without measure.
To your drinks!
What to offer if you can afford it?
Whisky is a reference alcoholic drink and some brands are among the most luxurious in the world. The pleasure of this prestigious beverage comes at a price, however, and some bottles cost a real fortune. Here is an overview with our top 10 most expensive whiskies in the world:
1 – Isabella’s Islay
Isabella’s Islay is the most expensive whisky in the world, with a price of $6.2 million. The bottle is adorned with 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies, plus a beautiful white gold amount.
2 – Master of Malt – 105 Year Old
Distilled in the style of Aisla T’Orten, 105 Year Old Master of Malt is the oldest whisky in the world. Its price is $1.4 million.
3 – 64 Year Old Macallan
This 64-year-old Macallan is sold for $460,000. The bottle is made of Lalique crystal and was designed using the “lost wax” technique.
4 – 62 Year Old Dalmore
In fourth place is Dalmore’s 62 Year Old, which is one of the most prestigious alcohol brands in the world. This rare bottle was sold for $200,000.
5 – Dalmore 64 Trinitas
Still from Dalmore, the fifth most expensive whisky in the world is 64 Trinitas, which was sold for $160,000. The brand produced only three bottles of this whiskey.
6 – 1926 Macallan Fine and Rare Collection
The 1926 Macallan Fine and Rare was sold for $75,000. This dry and concentrated whisky is distinguished by its liquorice taste.
7 – Dalmore 62 Simple Hiland Malt Scotch
Dalmore’s 62 Simple Hiland Malt Scotch is also among the most expensive whiskeys in the world, with a price of $58,000. The purchase was made by a great businessman in 2005.
8 – Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt
This luxury whiskey stands out above all for its exceptional bottle. An impressive packaging designed by the Scottish jeweller Maeve Gillies, which is made of 5 kilos of silver. The price of a bottle is $17,500.
9 – Glenfiddich 50 Year Old
Sold for $16,000, Glenfiddich’s 50 Year Old is renowned as the brand’s darkest whiskey. This is also his second vatting.
10 – Macallan 55 Year Old Lalique Crystal
And in tenth place in this ranking, we find the Macallan brand with its 55 Year Old and its Lalique crystal bottle. The price of this whiskey is $12,500.
All you have to do now is enjoy your glass, in a crossed suit in front of the fireplace of the house, your eyes lost in the flames.
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