The most expensive whiskey in the world, Isabella’s Islay, costs $6,400,000. Think about it: for that much, you could stock up on nearly 2,500 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old, one of the most expensive bourbons in history. It’s clear that high-end whiskey tends to put other pricey spirits to shame.
In our efforts to settle an argument (and a few bets), we decided to catalog some of the standout bottles—and even though we were expecting some extravagance, the ceiling on these prices was still jaw-dropping.
The Most Expensive Whiskey, from Scotch to Bourbon
Isabella’s was designed to be a superlative luxury product, to be fair, and most of what you’re paying for is the diamond-, gold-, and ruby-encrusted bottle, but it’s nonetheless astounding that anyone has ever really paid that for a bottle of whisky.
While scotch is responsible for most of the top spots on this list, we made sure to include some representative bottles from other categories as well. Despite not coming even close in terms of actual price, Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey and Pappy Van Winkle deserved honorable mentions, as well as Yamazaki 50 Year Old on the Japanese whisky side. When it comes to showing off your buying power, borders don’t really seem to apply.
This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list, but instead a collection of the must-see standouts. And, thanks to the ever-increasing price of scotch (and whiskey as a category, due to unprecedented demand), there are sure to be some newcomers that will upset the order any day now. Luckily, for most of us, this is a spectator sport.