Connoisseurs of whiskey can get excited about this one. Of all the variations of whiskey and scotch, the oldest drink in the world still has people going nuts for its warm, soothing sensations. This is proven by the fact that recently, a small bottle of rare scotch sold for $8,863.
It’s not uncommon for rare whiskeys to come with a hefty price tag. Pappy Van Winkle can be upwards of $70-plus for a shot of its goodness. Certain editions of Macallan are selling for thousands. Though this particular bottle of whiskey was quite a bit smaller than the average bottle, it still sold for nearly ten grand.
“Scotch Whisky must, by law, be distilled and matured in Scotland in oak casks for at least three years and bottled at a minimum alcoholic strength of 40 percent abv [alcohol by volume],” according to the Scotch Whisky Association.
Newsweek reported the 50-milliliter bottle was put up for auction by Sukhinder Singh, a major whiskey collector and founder of The Whisky Exchange.
“I am extremely pleased that after 40 years of collecting these miniatures they have found their way into other collections around the world,” said Singh to the BBC.
So what’s the history of this costly whiskey? Apparently, it was bottled in 1919 at the Campbeltown’s Springbank Distillery. Altogether, there were 400 of the small bottles, which all sold for almost $80,000 U.S. dollars.
The distillery comes with a prestigious reputation. It’s home to the most expensive whiskeys recorded and only ever produced 24 full-sized bottles dating back to the 1970s.
“I am thrilled to see that interest in miniature collecting is at an all-time high as it’s something I fell in love with four decades ago,” said Singh.
Whiskey Home Delivery
For those of us that won’t be refinancing our homes to buy fancy whiskey, a much more affordable option is still available. Jim Beam recently announced it would be starting a home delivery service for some lucky subscribers.
Starting with a membership of only 500, the delivery service is fairly exclusive. However, for those who love trying hard-to-find bourbon drinks, it really is affordable.
“Two centuries ago, Jacob Beam shared his bourbon by floating barrels of it down the river. Today, we’re doing things a little differently. We’re delivering quality whiskey right to your front door. From the best of small batch to the never before bottled, each box brings bourbons worth sitting with. And worth sharing with friends, family and neighbors,” the Jim Beam website states.
Interestingly, the cost of each box is just $270, but it includes two bottles of Jim Beam’s finest. The boxes are shipped every three months. Within a year, this could add up to quite the nice selection.