This country has a special love for whiskey and the continuous skyrocketing charts of whiskey sales are proof of that love:

There was even a time in the 18th century when whiskey was used as a preferred currency in Pennsylvania!

However, it might astonish you to know that the high price of whiskey is derived from the vessels that contain the alcohol, rather than its taste or quality.

The following are the most expensive whiskeys in the world:

5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas – $160,000

Most Expensive Whiskey
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Dalmore 64 Trinitas is one of the oldest stored Whiskeys, with its age dating back to 1968.

It is called Trinitas because there are only three decanters of Dalmore 64 that have ever been made and only one of them was up for sale (for $160,000).

Dalmore 64 Trinitas is as apparently exceptional in its taste as it is rare.

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4. Dalmore 62 – $250,000


The Dalmore 62 references its age, and while a single bottle will fetch north of $60,000, the decanter that houses the whiskey will spiral costs into six-figures.

The decanter is made from platinum and crystal, with a wooden mold that took more than 100 hours to be handcrafted.

This combo of Dalmore 62 and decanter will set you back $250,000. There are only twelve Dalmore 62’s that have ever been made, making it one of the rarest and most expensive whiskeys in the world.

3. The Macallan 64 In Lalique Cire Perdue – $464,000


The Macallan 64 In Lalique Cire comprises three different types of whiskeys that were aged in Spanish Oak from 1946.

Decanters of the Macallan 64 In Lalique Cire Perdue are rare and were last seen at auction in 2010, where it was sold for $464,000.

At the time, the Guinness Book of World Records called it the most expensive whiskey:

A factor in this high price is the decanter, which was made from crystal by French glassmaker Lalique.

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2. The Macallan M – $628,205


A bottle of Macallan M whiskey can be picked up for $5,000 roughly:

So the other $623,205 is all down to the decanter, as a bottle was recently sold at an Hong Kong auction in 2014 for $628,205.

The crystal decanter holds 6 liters of whiskey, is multi-faced, and is known as the Constantine decanter, named after the Roman Emperor. Only four of them have ever been produced making them the rarest whiskey vessel in the world.

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1. Isabella’s Islay – $6.2 million


Isabella’s Islay is the most expensive whiskey in the world with an estimated value of $6.2 million.

The name is derived from the place of origin, the Island of Islay.

The high price is down to the expensive design of the decanter. Which is made up of 8,500 diamonds, 300 rubies, and exquisite white gold.

However, this does not necessarily imply that the whiskey itself is bad. Islay Scotch Whiskey is made from top-quality grains and rare ingredients…

Yet, a bottle of Islay Scotch Whiskey can be picked up for $50 – we’re sure it’s not the same vintage:

(Or we hope its not).