The world’s most expensive drinks

Recession, what recession? As Melbourne’s Joel Heffernan recently showed when he set a new world record for the most expensive cocktail, pricey drinks have become increasingly commonplace in the drinks industry.

Vielle Bon Secours ale

You are unlikely to find this beer at your local off-licence and at £700 a bottle that might be a good thing. That price tag does buy you a 12-litre bottle of the beer, which is brewed by Belgian firm Caulier. The beer has an 8% abv and is said to have a complex taste with toffee flavours and tones of liquorice and aniseed.

The Winston Cocktail – £8,200

The Winston includes 60ml of Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie – a bottle of which recently sold at auction for AU$151,000 – Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge, and a dash of Angostura Bitters. The garnish of spun sugar and green chartreuse shaped into a vine, with chocolate and nutmeg soil takes 16 hours to prepare and the drink must be ordered it at least two days in advance.

Legacy by Angostura – US$25,000

This rum was released in 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad’s independence and 20 decanters of the rum were put up for sale. Each 500ml crystal and silver decanter was specially created by Asprey of London, the jewellers to Prince Charles. Legacy by Angostura is made up of rums aged for at least 17 years and each decanter comes with a US$25,000 price tag.

Château d’Yquem – £75,000

The two most expensive bottles of white wine ever sold have come from this Bordeaux producer. The 1811 vintage is hailed as one of Bordeaux’s greatest by those lucky enough to have tasted it, and wine critic Robert Parker gave it 100 points in 1999 when he described it as “liquefied crème brûlée”.

Penfolds Ampoule – £100,000

With a price tag of £100,000 the Penfold’s Ampoule is currently the most expensive red wine on the market. The hand-blown glass ampoule contains the Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 and only 12 ampoules have been produced.

One of the other key features of the ampoule is that when the owner decides to open the wine a senior member of the Penfolds winemaking team will attend the opening.

The record price paid for red wine at auction currently stands at US$230,000 (£148,000) for Château Lafite’s 1869 vintage.

Armand de Brignac Midas – £125,000

At 30 litres the Armand de Brignac Midas is the largest and also the most expensive bottle of Champagne currently available. The bottle weighs in at 45kg, measures one metre in height, with a 30cm width and contains the equivalent of 40 regular-sized 75cl bottles.

Dalmore 62 – £125,000

The Dalmore 62 at £125,000 is both rare and expensive. As with the Penfold’s Ampoule only 12 bottles of the 62-year-old whisky were released and it could be considered a wise investment for purchasers.

Diva Vodka – US$1,000,000

Diva Vodka from Scotland-based Blackwood Distillers is triple-filtered. Firstly the vodka is ice filtered and then it is passed through Nordic birch charcoal. The third stage sees the vodka filtered through sand that contains precious and semi-precious gems. That helps increase the cost of the drink, but the real expense comes with the packaging. Diva Vodka features Swarovski crystals running through the middle of the bottle, which can be used as a garnish for the drink, and help push the price tag up to the US$1m.

Henry IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – US$2,000,000

Another piece of extraordinary packaging helps to make this top-quality Cognac one of the most expensive drinks available today. The Cognac is aged for over 100 years and has been labelled “the DNA of Cognac”. But it is the bottle, which is dipped in 24-carat yellow gold and sterling platinum that gives it the US$2m price tag. That plus 6,500 diamonds.

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