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The Ten Most Expensive Whiskies I have tasted

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured

Sad days we live with our favourite drink prices going up and up and our income going down… well, unless you are a plutocrat. If you are rich this is perhaps the most exciting moment to get the very best ( and most expensive ) single malt ever created.

If you are feeling like this…

money money money

Keep reading and let me show the most expensive and best booze I have tasted so far. And if you are a distiller and want to send me ultra-premium whiskies so I taste and write don’t hesitate a second.

1st Karuizawa 1964 48 years old

“Gorgeous! This Karuizawa has one of the best sherried noses that I have ever seen. Not a whisky for newcomers, it needs time and lots of attention to disclose it greatness. The more it is on the glass the more I like it”

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Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 Cask 3603
Bottled at a whopping 48 years old this Karuizawa is a stunning whisky bottled by Wealth Solutions from one of the oldest casks ever released.

Aged for 48years on Oloroso Butt number 3603 and bottled at an incredible 57.7% ABV.
Only 143 bottles worldwide.

This dram has a mahogany-like color.

Nose (95): more than average. nuts, citrus, wood, spices, chocolate, citrus, pine. One of the best Oloroso noses that I have ever tasted. Just grant it a good amount of time to open.

Palate (94): dry, powerful. honey, citrus, wood, spices, pepper, some smoke, nuts, cocoa.

Finish (93): longer than average. wood, spices, smoke, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 Cask 3603 with 94 points over 100.

2nd Glenfarclas 1953 58 years old

“Maybe the best Glenfarclas I have had? An awesome single malt whisky as every Glenfarclas whiskies are.”

93
Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old
The oldest released Glenfarclas single malt whisky bottled to date.

This stunning single malt has been chosen by a panel of experts, between whom you can find Serge Valentin and George Grant, from the oldest casks that distillery had available by Wealth Solutions in collaboration with Master of Malt.

Only 400 bottles at cask strength has result after 58 years of ageing in a Spanish sherry oak cask.

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (93): more than average. candies, eucalyptus, wood, spices, candies, flowers, cinnamon. Like a marvelous wooden box full of violets candies! Really complex and evolving.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, nuts, wood, spices, figs, flowers, cinnamon, cocoa. So intense whisky! It is almost smoke on the palate.

Finish (93): long. honey, wood, flowers, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old with 93 points over 100.

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3rd Bunnahabhain 40 years old

“Mindblowing subtlely good! This is bottled perfection. I need this”

93
Bunnahabhain 40 year
A long awaited 40 year old whisky from Bunnahabhain, a bit hit at The Whisky Show 2012.

It's limited to just 750 hand numbered bottles and features an intricately designed label showing off the history of the distillery that's signed by the illustrator. The tube is made from heavy wood and features a hidden compartment in the bottom...

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (94): more than average. floral, lavender, honey, cinnamon, candies.

Palate (93): dry, powerful, oily. floral, honey, pepper, wood, candies. Marvelous! One of the best old whiskies I have ever had.

Finish (93): longer than average. honey, floral, flowers.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 40 year with 93 points over 100.

4th Port Ellen 6th release 27 years old

“Even after eight great whiskies this Port Ellen stands over them. Peat-astic!”

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Port Ellen 6th release 27 year
The six release of this awesome Islay single malt whisky, Port Ellen.

Bottled as a 27 year old and at cask strength, this Port Ellen is one of the last whiskies form this rare and defunct Islay distillery. Aged in American Oak and European Oak refill casks filled in 1978. Limited to 4560 bottles.

If you like peated whiskies this is something you must try, despite its price.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. peat, honey, spices, varnish, citrus, vanilla.

Palate (94): powerful, oily. peat, honey, spices, vanilla, wood, citrus, espresso. Fucking awesome even after eight great whiskies.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, citrus, honey, espresso.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Port Ellen 6th release 27 year with 92 points over 100.

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5th The Macallan Oscuro

“It is a nice Macallan whisky with a very interesting nose. I wonder how old is it...”

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The Macallan Oscuro
Interesting single malt whisky from this Speyside distillery.

Originally a travel retail exclusive, Macallan Oscuro is a combination of casks of whisky distilled between 1987 and 1997. They have combined the collect ability of Macallan with their trademark rich sherried elegance to create a much sought after whisky.

This is a great sherried single malt whisky that is part of the the 1824 Collection that was originally created as a travel retail exclusive.

This dram has a old oak-like color.

Nose (87): more than average. molasses, floral, citrus, vanilla, spices, nut meg. Interesting aromas for a Macallan. Smells more like a very old naval rum.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, wood, citrus, spices, vanilla, floral.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, wood, spices, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Macallan Oscuro with 88 points over 100.

6th Brora 30 years old 2005

“Great fruity flavor! And what about that peat... oh my God! Why did they close it?”

93
Brora 30 years 2005 Release
Part of a series of seven releases that Diageo does from the Brora distillery, this is the fourth release of Brora 30 year old and was launched in 2005.

There are some cereal notes, with oily spice and a nice breath of smoke.

Brora distillery was closed in 1983 and it is now lost. So these series of cask strength bottles are what it is left of the stocks of this once great distillery that was put out of business mainly by Clynelish, built in front of Brora.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (92): powerful. fruits, banana, floral, spices, honey, peat.

Palate (94): light, oily, powerful. floral, fruits, banana, spices, wood, wax, peat, honey.

Finish (93): very long. floral, spices, a little wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Brora 30 years 2005 Release with 93 points over 100.

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Talisker 35 years old

7thGlenury Royal 1970 36 years old

“Fantastic! What a whisky! This is my first Glenury and I now know I need more of it. You can't imagine how good it was”

92
Glenury Royal 1970 / 36 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 57.9% / Distillery Bottling - One of only a handful of long-aged distillery-bottled releases of Glenury Royal. This 1970 vintage is very special whisky from a tragically lost distillery. Impeccable cask selection has led to perhaps the best of Diageo's recent releases from Glenury.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. honey, spices, wood, citrus, candies. Old stuff indeed! Wood! Spices! Really impressed.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. candies, spices, wood, citrus, flowers. This dram exudes age and power. Delicious.

Finish (92): longer than average. candies, spices, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenury Royal 1970 / 36 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 92 points over 100.

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8th Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V

“Tastes slightly older than Johnnie Walker Blue Label with more spices and candies notes. It is a very good whisky but hugely overpriced”

90
Johnnie Walker's Blue Label King George V
A new extension of the Johnnie Walker range for travel retail, this celebrates the first Royal Warrant granted to John Walker and Sons Ltd to supply Scotch whisky to the British Royal Household in 1934, and is apparently designed to recreate how JW might have tasted back in the day. Some Port Ellen has been used, alongside Cardhu, Lochnagar.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, spices, vanilla, floral, wood.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. candies, floral, spices, wood, ginger.

Finish (89): longer than average. honey, wood, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Johnnie Walker's Blue Label King George V with 90 points over 100.

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9th Jura 30 years old Camas an Staca

“Truly remarkable 30 years old whisky where the Oloroso Sherry Casks really shine and shouts about their Spanish roots: Wood, nuts and leather”

92
Isle of Jura 30 Year Old
A terrifying 30 year old whisky from Jura. The name 'Camas an Staca' translates to be simply 'Standing Stone' and refers to one of the 8 ancient stones dotted about the island of Jura.

The whisky has been matured in American oak for 27 years before being finishing in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso butts for 3 years before bottling at 44% ABV. This whisky is quite an experience in itself.

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, citrus, nuts, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, toffee.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, nuts, candies, wood, floral, leather.

Finish (92): longer than average. honey, floral, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Isle of Jura 30 Year Old with 92 points over 100.

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10th Balvenie 30 years old

“It is a real pity it is so expensive, because it is an awesome whisky.”

93
Balvenie 30 year
Drawing on more than three decades experience our Malt Master David Stewart has created the Balvenie Thirty from a selection of the finest vintage casks laid down during his early years at the Balvenie Distillery.

A marriage of Balvenie aged in traditional whisky oak casks and European oak sherry casks. Thirty is a rich and mellow single malt with unusual depth and complexity.

Very expensive, elitist, deluxe, yeah, it is simply the best Balvenie I have ever tried. Save for this one!

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (93): strong. candies, vanilla, wood, nuts, citrus, floral. It is a mystic experience to nose how the honey present in younger Balvenies turns into candies on this granma. Delicious.

Palate (94): oily, viscous, powerful. candies, wood, spices, honey, floral, citrus, nuts.

Finish (93): very long. floral, honey, vanilla, peaches, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Balvenie 30 year with 93 points over 100.


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