Glenfiddich produced 61 bottles of a whisky that has been maturing in a cask (casks?) for 64 years and this past week they auctioned one of those bottles off. The bottle fetched 25,200 pounds, or $37,245, from an unknown purchaser over the telephone. It’s not the most anyone has ever paid for a bottle, by a long shot, but it’s a sign that Scotch whisky is still selling strong.
The whisky in the bottle was distilled on July 17th, 1937 and bottled on October 24, 2001. Quit a long period of time!
Do you know how to pronounce Lagavulin? Glenfiddich? Glenmorangie?
If you know those, you’re in pretty good shape. How about Bruichladdich? Caol Ila?
Now, visit this website and play all the names. They have an audio file for a lot of distilleries (many of the majors, most of the smaller ones too) in both .wav and .au, though some are only in .au file format.
How many did you get right? If you got the pronunciation right did you accent the right syllable? Glenmorangie is easy to say but I bet you accent the wrong syllable like I did. 🙂
Learn how to pronounce scotch whisky names from an expert.
In mid-2006, Forbes listed the world’s most expensive whiskies with the top bottle netting $38,000. That’s right, a single bottle of the stuff at the top of the list costs more than most of the cars on the road today. Which was it? It was The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection, 1926, 60 Years Old… a single malt of the highest order took the top spot and it’s not actually possible to buy it anymore.
Here’s what Forbes had to say:
The oldest and most sought-after of Macallan’s revolutionary Fine & Rare Collection is now sold out. It is still possible to taste this totally unique Scotch whisky at the Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. However, it sells for a nosebleed-inducing $3,300 per dram, so you had better have had a good run at the craps table.
To clarify, the list was created to capture the most expensive of each type, so you’ll see clearly “inexpensive” Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey listed because it’s the most expensive Tennessee whiskey. Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old is the most expensive rye whiskey and Suntory Yamazaki 18 is the most expensive Japanese whiskey. Anyway, here’s the rest of the list:
- The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection, 1939, 40 Years Old: $10,125
- Chivas Regal Royal Salute, 50 Year Old: $10,000
- Glen Garioch, 1958, 46 Year Old: $2,600
- Bruichladdich 40 Year Old: $2,500
- Glenfiddich 40 Year Old: $2,500
- Springbank 32 Year Old: $750
- Auchentoshan 1973 32 Year Old: $700
- Evan Williams 23 Year Old Bourbon: $350
- Midleton Very Rare: $139
- Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey: $110
- Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old: $55
- Johnny Walker Green Label: $50
- Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey: $50
- Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey: $42