How much would you spend for a bottle of liquor? If the answer is that you’d be willing to splurge in the thousands on one of the best limited editions or high brow single malt and single barrel whiskeys that have been aged for much longer than most of the other more popular mass market varieties, then you are on the cutting edge in this arena.
Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend of people investing in very expensive whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and other liquors. In addition, some collectors even try to buy two bottles: one to save in their collection and the other to open and enjoy now, with their closest family and friends.
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Collecting rare bottles of whiskey really came into vogue in the 1980s in Europe. Since then, the tradition has spread to the United States, where some people seem willing and able to pay for the highest ticket items even in the face of a tightening economy. For those willing to fork over the cash for the prestige that comes with such high-end liquors, there are a variety of options from which to choose. Some of the choices include special limited editions of whiskeys and bourbons and very old and hard-to-get bottles. The prices can range from a few thousand dollars on up to a million, depending on what you want and where you get it. Keep in mind that if you are able to get these prestige liquors directly from suppliers, you will usually pay less than you will if you buy a one-of-a-kind bottle at auction.
10) Bruichladdich Forty Whiskey
Bruichladdich Forty whiskey, which dates back to 1964, is sure to catch the interest of some very discriminating drinkers. From the Bruichladdich Distillery located on the Scottish island of Islay, only 500 bottles were produced of this vintage. Each one sells for about $2,500.
9) Glen Garioch Whiskey
Another good option in the same price range is a bottle of Glen Garioch 1958, which is a limited edition whiskey distilled in the Highlands that has also earned its fine reputation. This bottle also gives quite a presentation, coming in a hardwood box that is velvet lined to truly impress the buyer. A total of 336 bottles of this edition were made, and 60 of these were distributed exclusively in the UK. A bottle of this 50-year-old prize sells for about $2,600.
8) Chivas Regal Royal Salute
If price is no object and you want to try a more expensive, and more unusual, 50-year-old blended scotch, try the Chivas Regal Royal Salute. This version was released in 2003 and is a rare treat, since it is made of whiskey barrels left from 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England. A total of 255 bottles of this version were made, with only 10 being earmarked for distribution in the United States. Each of them comes in a blue flagon that is adorned with a 24-carat gold and silver label. The price is about $10,000 for a bottle.