We all know that the best things in life are expensive. (At least, that’s what my parents told me over and over again as a kid.) And this is true even more so for booze. What’s better than sipping on a delicious aged Scotch? Sipping on an ultra-rare aged Scotch that costs more than your car. So we’ve collected 10 of the most expensive liquors in the world for you to enjoy:
1. Tequila Ley .925 Pasion Azteca, $3.5 million
If you’re looking for a drink that can make your heart skip a beat, look no further than Tequila Ley .925 Pasion Azteca. The tequila is the most expensive in the world and was released in October 2018 by the Mexican company Tequila Ley .925. If you’re in the market for this rarity, expect to pay around $3.5 million.
The bottle comes wrapped in gold and features an emerald-cut diamond embedded into its label (said to be worth around $1 million). It also comes with a golden straw made from 24 karat gold and a platinum spoon designed by Swiss jeweler Chopard—so if you want to do your drinking right, this is definitely the way to go!
2. Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne, 2.5 million dollars per bottle.
The Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne is a Cognac Grande Champagne produced by Henri IV Dudognon. The brand is named after the founder of the House of Dudognon and was initially created as a special edition for the 150th anniversary of this event. This cognac is made entirely from grapes grown on their estate in Cognac’s premier cru villages: Grande Champagne & Petite Champagne.
The drink comes in a bottle with an antique-looking label with gold lettering and an illustration of a castle surrounded by vines. The bottle has been designed to resemble one that would have been used to age fine wine during King Henry IV’s time as king of France (hence how it got its name).
3. Diva Vodka, $1 million
We’ve reached the top of our list of 50 most expensive liquors in the world. The most expensive vodka on this list is a luxury brand called Diva Vodka, which costs $1 million per bottle.
The vodka is made from 24-carat gold and over 500 diamonds, and it’s packaged in a hand-engraved glass container shaped like an ancient Greek amphora. The bottle has a diamond-studded cap with a platinum tag with its serial number.
4. Macallan M Imperiale, $628,205
The Macallan M Imperiale is a limited edition Scotch whisky produced by Macallan. The whisky is a blend of 60-year-old single malt Scotch whiskies and premium grain Scotch whisky. The blend contains only 1,000 bottles (each costing $628,205), with each bottle containing its unique number from 1 to 1000. It was initially released at the World Whiskies Awards in 2013 and was awarded the title of “Best Single Malt.”
In 1965, Macallan established its proprietary Warehouse 24 for storing their precious stocks of aged whisky at natural temperature year-round. By 2007, it was decided that this stock would be used to produce a special limited edition: Warehouse 24 Extremely Rare 1878 Edition ($1 million).
5. Dalmore 62, $250,000
The Dalmore 62 is a Scotch whisky produced by the Dalmore distillery in Scotland. It was first produced in 2005 and is a blend of 60-year-old single malt Scotch whisky. The Dalmore is aged in American oak casks, charred on the inside to produce more intense flavors, and bottled at 62.4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
The Dalmore 62 costs $250,000 per bottle, making it one of the most expensive liquors on Earth.
6. Armand de Brignac Champagne by Cattier (Ace of Spades) is the most expensive Champagne, $250,000
The most expensive Champagne in the world is Armand de Brignac Champagne by Cattier (Ace of Spades), which costs a whopping $250000. The Ace of Spades bottle is made from a blend of French and American grapes, but it doesn’t come from France’s traditional Champagne region—it hails instead from Reims in northeastern France.
The Ace of Spades bottle is a one-part art project and one-part engineering work. It weighs around 90 pounds when complete and is made entirely from glass with no metal parts. All that heavy glass requires sturdy corks to keep the liquid inside safe and sound during shipping, so each bottle comes equipped with four carburetors (the corks).
7. Platinum and Gold Jagermeister Liqueur, $125,900
A bottle of Jägermeister is no stranger to the most expensive liquor list. This German herbal liqueur is made with 56 herbs and fruits and has been around since 1934. The bottle you see here is made with Platinum and Gold, which makes it even more expensive than the regular version. It comes in at $125,900—but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw down some cash on an empty bottle too!
8. The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $75,000
What’s the best way to celebrate a significant anniversary? Wine and dine your friends on the most refined foods in town. But if you’re looking for something genuinely extravagant, how about throwing down $75K on a bottle of whiskey? The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a rarity among rarities—as it’s said to be only one of 26 bottles ever made. It was bottled in 2010 after spending 60 years maturing in oak casks at The Macallan distillery in Craigellachie, Scotland.
9. Cognac Croizet, $57,000
Cognac is a type of brandy made in France’s Cognac region. It’s produced from wine and aged for at least two years in oak barrels. The spirit has been around since the 16th century. Still, it wasn’t until after World War II that its production increased significantly—primarily due to American GIs. They were stationed there during the war and returned home with an appreciation for this luxury drink.
The process of making cognac is rather complex: grapes are left out on racks for about three weeks, so their skins develop mold; when this happens, their skins are removed before fermentation begins; after fermentation, distillation occurs (this step involves heating wine until it evaporates). Once it’s distilled into alcohol and a water-free liquid called “alcoholic distillate,” it will be aged in oak barrels; once aged enough (between 18 months to 15 years), it becomes cognac!
10. Midas Touch Golden Elixir, $3800 per bottle.
The Midas Touch Golden Elixir is a spirit made from a blend of Armagnac and Cognac. Armagnac and Cognac are French brandies, but they have some notable differences.
Armagnac is made in the Gascony region of southwest France, while Cognac comes from the neighboring Charente-Maritime district. While both are aged in oak barrels, they’re aged differently: Armagnacs spend two years in small wooden barrels before being moved to larger ones for another three years; Cognacs spend four years total in oak before being bottled.
The Midas Touch Golden Elixir doesn’t have any particular flavor profile—it’s simply a blend of these two types of distillates (the distillation products). The drink has been around since 1984 and contains no artificial coloring or flavoring; it does have gold flakes floating throughout it, though!
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