Most Expensive Alcohol in the World
Quite possibly man's oldest vice, we have been getting our buzz on for millennia. Archaeological records show that our obsession with alcohol dates back as early as 7,000 BC. It isn't any wonder that wine has become a staple accompanying most Mediterranean meals - wine as we know it was introduced into Greece in 2,000 BC.
It's strange to think that liquor - something we simply drink and then it's gone - can cost as much as a beach house in Malibu. It's true! Some of the most expensive alcohols in the world run into the millions of dollars.
It's not just champagnes and ages wines that demand some serious scratch. Unusual boozy delights can run anywhere from a few thousand to a few million(for the most expensive alcohol I the world), depending on where your tastes lie.
If you were thinking your limited edition bottle of Patrón was pricy, read on. We have lined up some of the most expensive Liquor in the world known to modern man. A shot of some of these would set you back a month's wages. We're not kidding.
PBR 1844 (Available only in China): $44/bottle
Pabst Blue Ribbon... ah... we mean... ugh. We like to think of it bonfire extinguisher. That's not what the Chinese make of this beer brand. For whatever reason, the Master brewer of this ale decided to bring a decent-quality beer to the Chinese, using uncharred American whiskey barrels and German caramel malts. Still, at $44 a pop, even in its fancy-schmancy bottle, we're not convinced it's much better than a Miller High Life.
Absinthe Pernod Fils, circa 1910: $4,946
Surviving for over 105 years alone is a huge feat, but when you take into consideration that this is some of the finest absinthe in the world, this bottle seems like a bargain. Absinthe was banned for over 100 years, making vintage absinthes incredibly hard to come by. You'd be the envy of all of the absinthe aficionados ambling around the streets of the French Quarter!
Glenfiddich "Rare Collection" 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky: $5,990
It may not be the very most expensive bottle or drink of whisky around, but we just like saying "Glenfiditch". Made in Speyside, Scotland (we like saying Speyside, too), this is a truly delightful whisky for those Scotch lovers out there. Smooth and old and Scottish... kinda like Sean Connery! Definitely not the right bottle to drown your sorrows in, we still think it would be a delight to have in the cabinet!
Legacy by Angostura 17-year-old Rum: $25,000
Housed in a gorgeous decanter designed by Asprey of London (Jewellers to Prince Charles), this 500 ml crystal and silver masterpiece was created in 2012 to honor the 50th anniversary of Trinidad's independence. The delicate Trinidadian butterfly perches atop sugarcane, with a half-liter of fine rum resting below. What a fitting and beautiful way to commemorate the most important event in Trinidadian history!
The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue: $460,000
What do you get when you pair some of the best Scotch in the world with one of the most beautiful decanters? The Macallan in Lalique! A smooth, 64-year-old whiskey was placed into a gorgeous, genuine Lalique crystal bottle and offered as a one-off in honor of the 150th birthday of the famous French artist, Rene Lalique. Quite a fitting birthday present, and under $500K! You can't go wrong there!
DIVA Vodka: $1 million
Okay, we get the glam aspect of this. A cylindrical bottle of vodka with a transparent glass tube of precious gemstones. It's filtered through crushed up diamonds and gems. Not exactly sure how such a filtering process might change the taste as compared to vodka filtered through, say, play sand, but it sure is pretty to look at and one of the most expensive bottle of alcohol in the world!
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne: $2 million
Ah, Cognac, how you sing sweet songs on the tongue. Is there anything that screams "debonair" more than a glass of fine Cognac? With 24-karat gold and over 6,000 diamonds to help the medicine go down, this extraordinary bottle houses a few tipples of 100-year-old Cognac. As flattering as this is, don't you find it ironic that its namesake was the Head of the House of Bourbon?
Pasión Azteca, Platinum Liquor Bottle by Tequila Ley: $3.5 million
Your margaritas never tasted so... expensive. This tequila is the apex of luxury. While the tequila within is not ranked as the most smooth or high quality in the world, does it matter? It's being poured from a hand-engraved platinum and white gold bottle sculpted into a seashell and set with 6,400 diamonds. We're pretty sure you could decant chocolate milk from this work of art and have it taste like the nectar of the Gods.
Billionaire Vodka: $3.75 million
While we're sure this is really good vodka, it DOES NOT cost a billion dollars. What is up with that?!? We think that's a little misleading. If you're going to drop a chunk of change on a nice bottle of vodka, don't you think it should be what they promise? We're not sure Trump would be impressed. Nonetheless, this furry (it's faux, don't worry!) bottle is covered in platinum and rhodium, set with diamonds, and covered in solid gold labels. The thing that makes it worth every cent? The diamond-embellished platinum flocked foil seal.
Isabella's Islay Whiskey: $6.2 million
It may taste a little whangy, but who cares??? Have you seen the bottle? The white gold bottle is covered with 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies. Fine - cut crystal creates the base for this work of sparkly art. One of the most expensive alcohol brands, this will get all of you bedazzling fans excited - you can have your own name spelled out in rubies, just in case you lose it at a sorority party.
As you can see, these luxury liquors range from "sort-of-over-the-top", all the way up to "Holy s**t! I could live off of that amount of money for the rest of my life!" in price. Our advice? If you ever find yourself at a party and someone is proffering their bottle of Billionaire, we recommend it on the rocks.