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The Best Limited-Edition Whiskies in the World

15th May 2019 // By Emma Reynolds

Credit: Macallan

The Macallan 52

$53,500

It seems as though all Macallan expressions are considered rare, and most are definitely limited edition, but The Macallan 52, launched at the end of last year, is a special one. First laid down in November 1965, the single malt whisky matured in European oak ex-sherry casks from Spain for 52 years and has spicy flavors and aromas and has an abv of 48 percent. Of the bottles, the US received 42; Asia received 35; and the UK has 14, though as bottles this rare don’t usually hit store shelves, your best bet is to reach out to email the company for purchasing inquiries. For a brand known for its exclusivity and ultra-rare expressions (after all, Macallan broke auction records last year), run, don’t walk when it comes to getting your hands on this one. themacallan.com 

The Dalmore 62 Highland Malt Scotch Matheson

$58,000

Whisky brands have cult followings for a reason (shoutout Pappy Van Winkle), and The Dalmore is no exception – especially the 62 Year Old Highland Malt Scotch Matheson, in honor of The Dalmore founder, Alexander Matheson. Not all Dalmore brands are this rare: In 2002, the company released 12 bottles, its contents were first laid down in 1942 and then blended by master distiller, Richard Paterson in the early aughts. Today, bottles have been sold at auctions for upwards of $250,000, and whisky connoisseurs have been after this deliciously rare one since. It’s hard to say the exact price of this one-in-a-dozen bottle, but chances are you’ll pay a pretty penny – most, if not all, the bottles have either been sold at auction or will be distributed via auctions in the future. To this day, it’s one of the most coveted Dalmore expressions in the world. Perhaps one of the other rarest Dalmore expressions is The Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years – there is only one in the world and it was recently auctioned off with proceeds going to charity. thedalmore.com