Most expensive scotch money can buy

After last night’s episode of LOST in which a rich man tells his daughter’s suitor that he (the rich man) is drinking a glass of scotch that cost more than the suitor earned in a month, I am prompted to ask: What is the most expensive scotch in the world? I don’t mean an antique bottle of scotch that is auctioned off somewhere, but rather a commercially available scotch that you or I (assuming you are of legal age) could walk into an upscale liquor store and buy.

The Macallan 1951 expression is available on the distillery website for 1500 pounds (3000 dollars-ish), so that gives at least some idea of the upper levels of the commercial market. According to the site there were only 632 bottles and 400 miniatures made, so I’m not sure if there are any in an actual store.

As far as being commercially available (as in most upscale liquor stores will have), my guess would be Johnny Walker Blue Label, usually around $200 to $250.

Depends on where you get it. In California it’s about $160 at CostCo or BevMo. (I bought a couple bottles for Christmas gifts, and got an unopened one back when my mom and her husband died.) IIRC it was around US$140 at the duty free shop across the border from my house. (It’s not available in Washington, BTW. At least, it wasn’t a couple of years ago.)

Malt whisky porn, frankly.

The blended whisky version is a bit meh in comparison.

If you want something cheap, you could grab a 1967 Glenroth at £699.00 ($1400)

If you wanted to be a bit more extravagant, a bottle of Johnny Walker might do the trick

£2200.00/$4400 a bottle

Both commercially available in upscale liquor stores in London (and the stores are even in the same street).

Ive got half a bottle of Crawford’s I can let you have $3500.

Interesting that posts above link to two versions of JW Blue that differ in price by more than a factor of 10.

I have not had it but I have always thought of JW Blue as the Rolex of Scotches. That is, it’s not the best you can get nor the most expensive but for some reason the average person thinks it is. (Same for Dom Perignon.)

I was stunned by that link to 50-year-old Glenfiddich for what translates to more than $9,000. (I have a more pedestrian bottle of Glenfiddich that I really like.) What’s a serving of Scotch, maybe 2 oz.? That makes that bottle worth about $775 a glass.

I would say it’s among the best blended Scotch whiskies (as opposed to single malt) you can get. I used to poo-poo blends, but after having Johnny Walker Blue, I was converted. At any rate, a trip to any decent liquor store will reveal many, many scotches more expensive than Johnny Walker, and mostly all single malts.

Just for the record, the Blue Label is far from the most expensive scotch at my local liquor store, which is by no means upscale. The most expensive one there is a Macallan 25 year-old, which runs about $500.

Available by the glass in restaurants for about $19. Or so it was 10 years ago.

At the risk of being called girly names and having my man card revoked, am I the only one that prefers blends to single malts? I find the latter to be a bit rubbery tasting. Not my idea of a tasty beverage.

Yes, yes you are. Please turn in your card immediately.

In a minute, dear. I think I broke a nail.

A good friend likes her scotch “peaty.” I once made the mistake of innocently asking “what do you mean by peaty?” and she offered her glass. I took a nip and felt like I just had a pile of rotting leaves and dirt stuffed in my mouth. Blech. But she just adores it.

I’ve run into that rubbery taste in some older rums, and suspect that it’s the taste of the barrel the spirit was aged in. You may be more sensitive to that flavor than most, or you may have gotten unlucky when you picked a malt to try. There are plenty of them, and if there’s one you don’t like it’s no trouble to find one that doesn’t taste anything like it, so keep trying.

I’ve tried a few (a bar I used to frequent had 6 of them, and I tried them all), and was not crazy about many. They all had that rubbery taste. Glenfiddich is tolerable to me. That’s about it.

Last summer I went to the Nobody Inn in Devon. They had almost 300 whiskys available by the glass, and I noted that the most expensive one cost £85 a tot. That’s US$166 for less than a fluid ounce, at current exchange rates. My room there cost £70. :stuck_out_tongue:

Unfortunately I can’t remember what it was, but it was about 70 years old if I remember correctly.

I second that.

Oh, stop. If you insist that I’m not a man’s man, I’m going to throw a hissy fit.

If it makes you feel better, most of the gnarled old ex-miners, sea-dogs and farmers here in Scotland drink blends. Lots of them, chased with half-pints of heavy. Oddly, dark rum and peppermint is popular too.