Thank you, Guinness. Not the beer—the Guinness Book of World Records folks, who have finally confirmed that yes, indeed, the 6-liter, Lalique-decanter-enclosed bottle of Macallan that sold last year for $628,000 is, without any hint of a doubt, the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold. (The largest bottle of whiskey, also confirmed by the Guinness folks, was a 5-foot-7-inches-tall, 228-liter bottle of Famous Grouse; how the heck you pour that, as opposed to be crushed by it when it falls over on you, I have no idea).
But I am here to tell you that, yes, indeed, without any hint of a doubt, there are some really good whiskeys out there that do not cost anywhere close to that much money. Which, for those of us who are not Bill Gates or Warren Buffett (who doesn’t drink anyway), is good news. Here are five excellent recent releases.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old ($50)
A smoky heather scent, creamy texture and spicy finish make this recently repackaged 12-year-old (the bottle has a cool retro feel to it now) hard to argue with at this price.