Sought After Spirits
As consumer, when you purchase an expensive bottle of wine that might give you drinking pleasure for few hours, a bottle of rare whisky can go very long way. For some, the desire of owning the rarest spirits in the world is worth almost any price. For some, the lure of owning the rarest spirits in the world is worth almost any price. While astronomical sums for fine wines have made headlines for years, a small but growing group of distilled liquor aficionados are spending up to $250,000 to get their hands on a prized bottle. Rare whiskies easily top the spending scale.
In a recent Rare Whisky Auction, A bottle of single-malt Scotch was bought for more than $1.1 million in Boston making it the world's most expensive bottle of whisky to be sold at auction. ... The 60-year old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 – only nine bottles were ever produced from the last remaining liquid in one of the oldest casks at the distillery. The most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold is The Macallan six-litre "M" Decanter by Lalique, which fetched $4.9 million at auction in Hong Kong in January 2014. But the jaw-dropping price was as much about the bottle - only four crystal decanters were made, each one taking 17 craftsmen more than 50 hours to complete.
Most of the collectors are men, aged 30 to 60, and wealthy enough to spend $20,000 to $50,000 on a bottle to open with friends. These connoisseurs then often share their stories with whisky clubs and on blogs and other social media. packaging is just a distraction. It's owning - and often drinking - liquid history that counts.
On the other side American Whisky sales grew from $252 million to $3.4 billion in 2017. Some of the most sought after whiskies are going from $7,000 to $25,000 a bottle. At present, the rare Scotches, Japanese and American whiskies are very high in demand and the collectors are willing to pay any price.