When it comes to the price of whisky, the most influential factor is always its rarity value. Of course, the cask needs to be suitably matured to add value, and it is also essential for the product to be a single malt from a distillery of high repute. However above all, to perform exceptionally, the whisky needs to be in limited supply.
Luxury London discusses some of the rarest Scotch whiskies in the world. First up is The Last Drop 1969 Glenrothes Single Malt. The brand was founded in 2008, with a mission to create a catalogue of outstanding spirits. It has put in the legwork to uncover some forgotten casks, such as the Glenrothes 1969, which was released with a limited run of just 271 bottles.
When the whisky made its first appearance in 2019, connoisseurs praised its ripe fruit, citrus, and vanilla notes. The 1969 is one of a series of three Glenrothes casks, dating from 1968, 1969 and 1970, so The Last Drop may have more good things to come.
Next up is the Port Ellen 40-year-old Islay single malt. The prestigious Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983, and the Islay single malt is one of its oldest and rarest whiskies. Described as ‘medium peated with a light character and unusual tropical notes’, the whisky will be much sought after on the collectors’ market.
Third on the list is Brora 40-year-old 200th anniversary single malt whisky. Luxury London says of this vintage brew: ‘the golden hue of this whisky belies is classically smoky flavour, which is enhanced by a palate of figs and rich, ripe fruit.’
The Brora distillery on the far north east Highland coast has been closed for over 30 years, but there are plans to revive it by Diageo, who are cultivating a cult status for the brand.
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