Top 10 Most Expensive Tequilas In The World
Ahh, Tequila. What memories you stir up in me. The clearest of which, to be perfectly honest, is that of drinking too much of it and vowing to never get near the nasty stuff ever again. Tequila, as the country song goes, makes her clothes fall off - but usually it just makes me feel nauseous.
This beverage is distilled from the blue agave plant, mainly around the city of Santiago de Tequila, which also happens to be the birthplace of this intoxicating beverage. While my personal experience is with the slam-on-the-bar and down with a lick of salt and a sliver of lemon variety, there are actually a number of super-premium Tequilas that are rather popular among the social elite. These Tequilas are not meant to be chugged down but rather sipped and savored, and include a showmanship that drives up the price - from the pretty packaging, refined bottles, and delicate taste - these Tequilas are a work of art. You'll usually find these high-class Tequilas in country clubs and fine dining restaurants, and, not surprisingly, they can lighten even the heaviest of wallets. Today we'll explore the most expensive tequilas in the world.
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10 Gran Patron Platinum
A full-on bargain for this list, this fresh, citrusy-smooth tequila only runs $250 per bottle - hardly the most expensive tequila around. The agave plants used for this tequila are selected by hand to provide a high level of sugar content, and all are picked in the Highlands of Jalisco. The tequila is distilled three times, providing a smooth, long-lasting finish with hints of black pepper. Each bottle is etched crystal, and numbered, and they come in a black presentation case.
9 Don Julio Real
Only slightly pricier, ringing up at $350 per bottle, this is an Extra-Anejo tequila, meaning it was aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. It provides a golden hue, as well as a full aroma of citrus and sweet agave. The long barrel-aging process imparts layers of caramel and chocolate, and has a long, warm finish, great for sipping neat in the winter time. This tequila might not be the most expensive of all, but it's definitely a drain on the wallet.
8 Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema
Producing tequila back to 1870, Herradura was the first to introduce a Reposado, or rested, tequila, and was the first to break into the Extra Anejo market with this bottle. On the market for $350, this tequila is aged for four years, providing an aroma of agave, wood, vanilla, and rose petals. The taste is similar, with a balance of agave, oak, and vanilla, with a soft and creamy finish
7 Partida Elegante
Another of the $350 bottles, you even get a little gift with this bottle. The bottles themselves are handcrafted and numbered, with a crystal top and a sterling silver charm called the Partida Tequila Spirit Bird which is placed around the neck of the bottle. Which is great, if that's your thing, but really is just something else in the way of good tequila. The aroma provides hints of mints, brown rice, and a touch of honey, while the taste is slightly peppery, with notes of honey, oak, and spices.
6 Rey Sol Anejo
An Extra Anejo tequila that spends a full six years aging in oak barrels, this tequila provides a combination of agave, licorice, and spices on the nose, while providing a big, plump burst of flavor on the tongue. The taste ranges towards the area of bourbons, with hints of creamy oak and caramel. Highly rated, it better be good with a price tag starting at $250 and going up to $400 per bottle.
An ultra-premium Extra Anejo tequila made by the Fonseca family, this is a blend of three-, four-, and five-year aged tequilas. The bottles are handmade crystal decanters, signed and numbered by the artist. One of the 1,000 bottles in each run will cost $500 or more, depending on who you're trying to buy one from.
4 AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto
Using mature, blue agave, hand selected by the distillers, the resulting tequila is then aged in Port Wine barrels. Thanks to high levels of sugar in Port Wine, this imparts a little extra sweetness into the base tequila, which is the AsomBroso Anejo that has hints of vanilla and honey. Port Wine barrels must be in high demand, as the asking price for this bottle is $2,400*, compared to only $200 for the base Anejo. The tequila even comes with a story, of ancient gods and a long-lost recipe, but all the tall tales in the world aren't worth that much.
* Tequila price edited by request of seller.
3 Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio
Stepping up from the tequila that's made the old-fashioned way will cost you. This one is made using a chemical process said to refine and separate the tequila for the highest quality flavor possible, and the price tag of $1,500 hopes you'll think it's worth it. Aged for a minimum of one year in small French oak casks, it is then bottled in hand-blown artisan glass bottles. It is an intensely flavored anejo, amber colored, and very difficult to find.
2 Jose Cuervo, 1800 Coleccion
You may recognize the name of Jose Cuervo, the most well-known tequila maker on the market. 1800 Coleccion is the super-premium crown on the head of Cuervo, aged in French oaked barrels. Packaged in a handsome pewter decanter, with new designs yearly, the most recent edition came in at $2,000 per bottle. It is a blended tequila, with a golden color and a touch of almond on the tongue, along with the 10-year-old, mature agave plants.