AFFotD News Item of the Month: The World’s Most Expensive Scotch

 “I only got two speeds- drunk and dead.”

~Jack Kerouac

We’ve previously discussed liquor that sells for inordinate amounts of money.  And we’ve talked about how it’s conflicting, since you can spend that money on things like, much more booze.  And sure, in the case of the 45 year old Chivas, the Scotch was being sold for $200,000 largely because the bottle was balls expensive.  And in retrospect, that’s a huge waste.  If you’re spending a fuckton of money for booze, you’d better make sure the booze is what’s worth it.

If we were paying thousands of dollars for a bottle of liquor, we’d almost prefer that it come in a ziplock bag, just so we can know that we’re not paying any markup for a diamond studded bottle or anything.  Which is why we’re here to bring your attention to the most expensive bottle of scotch ever sold in an auction (held in just a normal glass bottle) in 2012’s first…

AFFotD News Item of the Month:  The World’s Most Expensive Scotch


The difference between Chivas scotch and Glenfiddich is that no one really blinks an eye when you mix 12 year old Chivas with ginger ale.  Glenfiddich doesn’t mess around when it comes to booze that tastes delicious to people who like the taste of peat.  Glenfiddich has been around since 1886, most of their ages routinely test well, though their 15 year is viewed as the most rounded flavor.

But we’re talking about good Scotch that only sells for “homeless person’s salary” kinds of money.  But how about the most expensive auctioned bottle of Scotch in history?  That’s right, our news item of the month comes from Short List, who met AFFotD’s Anchorman reference quota in describing a bottle of 55 year old single malt that sold for $72,630.  Yes, over seventy grand.

And you know that this has to be just the finest quality stuff, seeing as the bottle there is nothing special.  Which means all your value is in the precious precious brown liquid inside the bottle.

This particular bottle is 55 years old.  Only 11 bottles of it will be released to the public, and they honor Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of the distillery’s founder who also happens to be the oldest woman in Scotland.  The bottle is being released to celebrate her 110th birthday, which is impressive, and even more trippy when you realize that the bottle is only half of her age.

The bid itself will go to benefit some charity, but let’s not focus on that.  Let’s focus on the fact that some glorious bastard decided to spend over $70,000 on a bottle of Scotch that was commemorating the birthday of someone who already was 55 when they started distilling it in the first place.  Even if this is taking place in Scotland, we must say, it seems pretty American to us.

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