50 Of The Most Expensive Whiskies In The World (Hint: It Is Mostly Scotch)

This list is updated as of February 1, 2016.

We’ve covered a lot of expensive whiskey here at The Whiskey Wash since the blog debuted, including a post last year about the over $1.5 million Dalmore Scotch collection that includes a bottle of whisky dating back to 1926. You ever wonder though what the most expensive whiskies on the market currently cost on average per bottle when you line up one against another?

The fine folks over at wine-searcher.com maintain one such list of some of the most expensive whiskies currently for sale in the world. This list, updated regularly, is based upon information from the huge network of over 58,500 online retailers they tie into globally, and it is now presented here for your consideration, courtesy of their hard working staff.

This Balvenie 50 year old Scotch, pricing on average at retail around $33,551, is the most expensive bottling for sale according to wine-searcher.com (image via The Balvenie)

This Balvenie 50 year old Scotch, pricing on average at retail over $37,000, is the most expensive whiskey bottling for sale at the moment, according to wine-searcher.com. (image via The Balvenie)

Not surprisingly, as you can see from the list below, it is dominated by older, very, very limited edition Scotch expressions from the likes of The Balvenie, The Macallan, The Dalmore, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. The very top dog is The Balvenie 50 Year Old, pricing on average over $37,000, with a max price of $50,000. This particular whisky, which we first touched on a few years back, is truly a bottling for the 1 percent (well, maybe the 5 percent).

The list is based on the average price of a standard bottle (750ml). Information is drawn from the Wine-Searcher database of 58,559 wine and spirits stores all around the world.

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • akismet-2997f8f3021e41ae16bbf0620442301b

    Unless my math is off the $160,000 Johnnie Walker Diamond Jubilee is more?

    • Mad Doggie

      The JW Diamond Jubilee is no longer available, even for those in the trade.

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  • Matt

    It should be noted that the 23yr Pappy van Winkle suggested retail price is $250, with secondary re-sell prices averaging around $1750.

  • Dan

    missing The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask Collection (1968, 1969 and 1970).

  • Mad Doggie

    I always drink Glenfiddich Private Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside. It’s not the most expensive, but I find it to be the best for me.

  • Kubla Khan

    Like getting your monies worth, at this price I would make sure I drank my urine seven times after having any of the above! I will stick to Famous Grouse!

    • HolySmoke

      If you drink Famous Grouse you might as well drink your urine…probably better.

      • Kubla Khan

        Famous Grouse is not a bad drop considering the price far better than Bells, or White Horse. I have tried the McAllan 50, J,Walker Blue Label, Bruichladdin Octomore, Hibiki and they are not worth the exponential price they are placed at. In fact if your gonna take the piss, Ayurveda medicine says drinking your own urine and drinking cows urine is one of the best medicines. Recent studies have found that garlic, Cows, bile, urine, with vinegar is more potent than any antibiotic, and even kills MRSA! One of the Islands of Scotland is owned by Baba Ram Dev where countless Europeans attend, and Yoga is the new cure all! So your not far of, talking the piss, or trying to, would you like ice with that?

        • HolySmoke

          I never use ice. It’s made with water, why cut it?

  • Anna Rantanen

    Whats Black Douglas 60 years old worth 3 litres in a carrier has a white cap ?

    • Anna Rantanen

      Actually the bottle says Black and White

  • Deaive

    You think 5% of people can afford these?! More like 0.01

  • Patty Allison

    Hi there any body know if jim beam from 1974 in a sealed decanter would still be good?? Kentucky derby souvenir bottle. seal is not broken I have had it on a shelf forever and just realized today as I was dusting that it was full lol guess that shows how much I dust