Whiskey Facts: Rarest of the Rare

We of The Whiskey Treats aren’t only about helping people get drunk, dancing, and generally having a good time (although we’re all about that). We’re also all about the learnin’. So, grab a glass of your favorite rye (no shots this time…we’re being sophisticated (fine, you can do shots)), and pay attention, because you’ll sound really smart next time you’re drunk by the campfire with your wasted friends. Although, to be fair, everyone sounds smart then.

*** The Glenfidditch Rare Collection 1937, which sold for a paltry $71,000 in 2012, is one of the oldest whiskies in the world. At 75 years old, there are older bottles out there, but this whisky aged for a mighty 64 years before being bottled in 2001. There are older whiskies, but they don’t usually fetch quite such a high price.

*** The oldest whiskey, however, is the Mortlach 70 Year Old. Aged from 1938 to 2008 in a sherry cask, it’s a damn bargain compared to the GFC 1937, at only $15,000. That said, it’s sold in a decanter that looks slightly larger than a perfume bottle, so you might want to pick up a couple.

*** If you don’t like drinking cheap whiskey like the previous two, Glenfidditch also sold a bottle of their Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 Year Old whisky for $94,000. Aged since 1955, this fine drink gets its name from the granddaughter of Glenfidditch’s founder. I’ll let you figure out her name. She aged well herself, passing on at 110, exactly twice the age of the whisky.

*** But the most expensive honor goes to a bottle of 64-year-old Macallan single malt. Granted, it was bottled in a fancy Lalique Cire Perdue decanter, which we must assume is quite amazing itself to have such a title, but this is not about glassware. The price? A modest $460,000 in 2010. Try before you buy, though — a Beverly Hills bar used to sell a single dram (that’s about a teaspoon) of this one for $64,000.

Now, you may be thinking, “Sure, these sound great, but I might be inclined to just save them and hold them for the prestige and honor.” Well, don’t get snooty on us. A bottle of Dalmore Single Highland Scotch sold for $58,000 in 2005 to an anonymous buyer, who then downed it with five of his friends.

To that man (and to everyone else), The Whiskey Treats would like to extend a solemn invitation to our next show, March 15 at Hollywood Alley. I can pretty much guarantee none of the whiskies mentioned here will be available, but you can’t put a price on a great time.

We’ll make sure this guy doesn’t show up, though. He’s no fun at all.

Class dismissed. Drink up!