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First impressions are everything. Why not impress your peers with the nicest, most expensive scotches on the market? Whether you are sitting down with your college buddies or initiating a potential partner with a new business venture, these five scotches are sure to leave those in your company thinking highly of you.
The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3: 1981
What makes this scotch so special is that it marks the year that The Balvenie started using double-wood maturation. This 35-year-old expression delicately features scents of cereal and heather while greeting your lips with thick flavors of vanilla, caramel, and coffee. The finish focuses on fruits and malt, with a nod toward spice. At $3,500 per bottle, it’ll begin to turn some heads, but not as much as its distant relative on slide 4.
Glenfiddich Private Vintage 1973
The Glenfiddich 1973 cask 7585 had a limited release of only 130 to 140 bottles in the United States. Not only is it coveted for its rarity, it’s one of the oldest scotches the brand has ever released. This malt matured in refill American oak casks, giving it full oak wood tones accented by a blast of vanilla. It’s only $6,000 a bottle, so you may want to break it out around friends and keep the classier scotches which you’ll find later on this list to impress your future in-laws.
The Dalmore 40 Year
Crafted by legend, Richard Paterson, this malt’s maturation started off in ex-bourbon American white oak casks before being transferred to 30-year-old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts. The journey is marked by the price, as this fine scotch accented with flavors of dark coffee and dried fruit followed by honey and caramel notes clocks in at $7,800 per bottle. Not impressed yet? The next bottle will have you going refinancing for a sip.
The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3: 1961
With this bottle, we turn the classiness up a notch. This is the oldest Balvenie has released and has matured in oloroso sherry European oak hogsheads. With a floral and light nose and caramel and honey coming through, this sweet scotch comes in at $35,000 per bottle and will surely impress anyone who sits at your table.
Private Collection Glenlevit 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail
If this Glenlivet doesn’t impress your peers, nothing will. At a whopping $42,000, this edition was limited to only 42 decanters and was bottled by British whiskey specialists Gordon & MacPhail. Aged to an incredible 70 years, you can expect an epic journey of deep caramel, brown sugar, oak, and spice flavors if you can ever lift your lips to a glass. Cheers!