NEW YORK (TheStreet) - While Wall Street loves to work hard, it also loves to play hard. That often means drinking whisky, which has long been the beverage of choice for Wall Street's elite.
Finance professionals are willing to pay big bucks for the best, according to Heather Greene, author of Whisk(e)y Distilled.
"Wall Street bankers and traders tend to go for the flashiest and the highest price whiskeys even when they may not be worth the expense or to their personal taste," Greene said in an interview.
Ranging in price from around $60 a pop to nearly $2,700 at the high-end, that bottle of whisky shared among bankers to close out a hard day on Wall Street isn't going to come cheap. But when you're stressed and need to relax, sometimes only the best will do.
Here are the top five whiskeys on Wall Street, according to Greene's book.
A 750ML bottle of Suntory Japanese Whisky Yamazaki Malt 12 Yr. will set you back around $60, depending on where you get it. Suntory whisky is known for being featured in Lost in Translation with Bill Murray as an American spokesman for the company.
A bottle of Balvenie Scotch Single Malt 15 Yr Single Barrel will set you back around $100, but if you want an older scotch, the price goes even higher. A scotch aged 30 years goes for $1,000 and 40 years is $5,000!
3. Pappy Van Winkle
The average selling price in the United States for a single bottle of the 23-year old Reserve, what many consider to be "the ultimate bourbon" will set you back a cool $2,700, but it's not the easiest whisky to get.
2. Macallan 18 & 25
Macallan aged 18 years (375 ML) is $230, but like other whiskeys, the older it gets, the more expensive it gets. Macallan aged 25 years can cost as much as $1,100. It's the anniversary edition, so $1,100 is probably a more-than-fair price for a thirsty banker to pay.
1. Johnnie Walker Blue
A 750ML bottle of what some consider to be the world's finest whisky will set you back around $150, but if you get an anniversary edition, known as The John Walker (only 330 made around the world) be ready to pay as much as $3,000.
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-Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.