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What the rarest Scotch whiskies can fetch at auction

by , 27 May 2014

There's a market for rare Scotch whisky. If you fancy starting a whisky collection, it could prove to a worthwhile investment showing a healthy return over the years. The secret is to stick to rare single malts and blends. This includes limited edition bottles. So what sort of money could you make by investing in a rare Scotch single malt? Here's a glimpse at the four most expensive…

The most expensive Scotch whisky

This is the rare Macallan “M”. This sold for an astounding $628,205 (R6.5 million) in January at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.

This rare whisky is the result of two years of work by Macallan’s resident whisky maker. He spent the time selecting seven casks from nearly 200,000 to blend to create “M”.

The second most expensive Scotch whisky

This is also from the Macallan distillery, Mark S Smith in Sovereign Society explains. This whisky came in a Lalique Cire Perdue crystal decanter.

The 1946 single malt sold in 2010 for $460,000 (R4.8 million). This whisky is a combination of three different casks, all built from sherry-seasoned Spanish oak, from 1942, 1945 and 1946.

The third most expensive Scotch whisky

This single malt dates back to the end of 1955.

William Grant founded Glenfiddich. When his granddaughter passed away at the age of 110, the company honoured her with 15 bottles from this barrel.

The family kept four. The remainder went to auction. One went for $94,000 (R977,600).

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The fourth most expensive Scotch whisky

This is the oldest whisky from Macallan’s Fine and Rare collection. Distilled in 1926, it only made it to bottle by 1986. Macallan produced only 40 bottles.

In 2005, one of these bottles went for $75,000 (R780,000).

So there you have it, a glimpse at the sort of money you could make by investing in rare Scotch whiskies.

What the rarest Scotch whiskies can fetch at auction
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