When we think of the world’s most expensive alcoholic drinks, what do you think of? Champagne? Wine? Vodka? Rum? Scotch? Tequila? The answer is all of the above. There are so many amazing spirits available on the market, we often ask ourselves which one is the most expensive. We live on an island that produces one of the most recognized rum brands in the world, do we produce anything that can be so valuable it’s on the top 10 most expensive list? Yes! Let’s have a look at what made the list.
LEGACY by Angostura
COST: US $25,000
In 2013, Angostura produced this specially crafted rum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. The company has only produced 20 bottles of this rum for global distribution and the reason it’s so costly is because this blend is extremely rare. Each bottle of rum comes in a case and crystal decanter that was designed specifically by Angostura of London. It is the same company that designs jewelry for Prince Charles.
1811 Château d’Yquem
COST: US $130,000
This wine was produced by Château d’Yquem, a producer in the Bordeaux region of France. They’ve been in business for over 300 years. In 1711 they opened the first established vineyard in the area which survived several generations of owners and operators producing a multitude of wines. Among that multitude is Château d’Yquem and Ygrec. The 1811 Château d’Yquem is one of very few wines to have been given a perfect 100. That mark was given by wine critic Robert Parker, who sampled it in 1999 and described it as ‘drinking liquefied crème brûlée’
COST: US $170,000
This is a fine red wine called Penfolds Ampoule. It comes with a modern wooden piece case designed by furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett. Only 12 bottles of this wine was ever produced. This wine is so expensive that when the owner decides to sample it, they can request a member of the Penfolds wine making team to open and serve this rare red wine.
Revelation by Bombay Sapphire
COST: US $200,000
Inspired by Bombay Sapphire, this drink was created by Kim Rashid. The Revelation crystal bottles was created by two leading names in luxury crystals Garrard and Baccarat. All the profit from the selling of Revelation will benefit the travel retail industry’s chosen charity –The Smile Train- which provides life-enhancing cleft surgery to children in poor countries.
Armand de Brignac Midas
COST: US $ 215,000
Some drinks are expensive because of the ‘rare’ factor while others are expensive because of the size of the bottle. Armand de Brignac Midas captures the best in both situations. This champagne comes in a 30 litre bottle that is extremely bright and painted gold.
COST: US $ 215,000
Dalmore 62 is one of the most expensive whiskeys in the world with only 12 bottles ever produced. Rare stocks from 1868, 1878, 1926, and 1939 were combined to make this bottle, of which there are only three in the entire world. ”The 12 Pointer refers to the distillery’s stag emblem, with the bottle presented in a wooden case with a certificate signed by Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson.
The Macallan 64 year old in Lalique – Cire Perdue
COST: US $460,000
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rene Latique, the founder of the world’s foremost crystal artisans, they combined the creativity and craftsmanship of The Maccalan and Lalique using the “lost wax” procedure to create truly unique, one-off piece of art. The 1.5 litre decanter was auctioned in a co-operation with Sotheby’s on 15th November 2010 in New York, and raised $460,000. With this winning they created the world record of the most expensive whiskey ever sold at auction. All the money rose benefited to charity; water to help people in developing countries by providing them with clean, safe drinking water.
COST: US $1 000,000
This expensive vodka is first ice-filtered, followed by Nordic birch charcoal for purification, passing it is then filtered through sand that contains both precious and semi-precious gems. Finally, each bottle of Diva Vodka contains a removable glass tube column filled with forty eight brilliant cut gems and crystals running down the core as garnishment and decoration of either your choice, making it a personal treasure. This diamond filtered vodka comes with a mega premium price tag varying upon the choice of vodka and stones used in the bottle, that could go for $1 million.
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne
COST: US $2 000,000
The most expensive cognac is “The Dubbed the DNA of Cognac, Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne”. Bottled in a crystal dipped in 24k yellow gold and sterling platinum the cognac is made with 6,500 brilliant-cut diamonds. Designed by the famous jeweler Jose Davalos the Henri IV Dudognon Heritage dubbed as the DNA of cognacs. This liquor which has been produced since 1776 is aged in barrels for more than 100 years. With an alcohol content of 41%, one taste and you’ll be in heaven. The Henri IV Dudognon Heritage is priced at ~$2,000,000 per bottle. But remember, after you drink the content of the bottle, you cannot recycle the empty bottle.
Tequila Ley .925
COST: US $ 3 500,000
Engraved by a Mexican artist-Alejandro Gomez Oropeza it is made from pure sap of the blue agave plant that has been fermented, distillate and aged for 6 years. It owns the record for the most expensive bottle of tequila. Only 33 bottles were produced and it became number one position for the World’s Most Expensive Alcoholic beverage. The tequila contained in these bottles is a blend of 10 year old and 5 year old tequilas from a so far secret province of Mexico. It is a good bet that the actual tequila will probably never be tasted since this would devalue the investment of the buyers significantly. The only problem is finding it available in a local Liquor store. Like the Henry IV, the Tequila Ley .925 is in a bottle that contains 6,400 diamonds, which add to the taste of the tequila.