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Diamond & Gold Liquids
02 Apr 2017

Mark an event, an occasion, honor a personality, a cause or just find an excuse to attract the few who can afford millions to spend on an ornate bottle to boast self esteem of some sort, there are spirits around the world that are produced for the above reasons usually sold at airports but often, not always, the money goes to special funds for good causes or environmental studies or else.

Here is a collection from my research and info exchange which will make your eyebrows grow.

1. In September 2012, 12 Bowmore bottles were unveiled at 100,000 English pounds.  A 54-year-old Scotch whisky – the oldest Islay malt Bowmore 1957 spent 43 years in a second-fill sherry cask, and aged additionally for a further 11 years in a bourbon cask. Sold mainly at the distillery.


2. The Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII Cognac! Made with carefully grapes from Grande Champagne was auctioned for 100,000 English pounds in 2012. Made from a blend of 1200 eaux de vie that are between 40 and 100 years old. The bottle added to the price as it was designed by Baccarat and hand-blown from black crystal.


3. Mendis Coconut brandy, 2007 was the world’s first clear brandy distilled from coconut and matured in wood casks. Distributed by Luxe Coterie, it was sold for 1 million dollars. Every bottle was signed by the House of Mendis’ founder, WM Mendis.


4. Johnnie Walker whisky, 2012.  just 60 bottles of this 60-year-old Scotch whisky released for the Queens Jubilee Birthday.  Finished in a cask made of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, was bottled in diamond-shaped Baccarat decanters. One of the 60 decanters was given to the Queen while the remaining were sold for 100,000 English pounds each in aid to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship fund – a charity which pays to train UK residents in traditional skills.


5. The most expensive vodka in the world, Scottish Diva. Its value comes from the décor of the bottle being ornate with precious stones and Swarovski crystals, retailing for 1 million dollars. The vodka is a triple filtered expression ice filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and then filtered again through sand peppered with precious and semi-precious stones.  Made by Scotland-based Blackwood Distillers.


6. Dalmore 62 Year Old (released in 2012) on sale at Singapore’s Changai airport for 125,000 English pounds, most expensive whisky. Its title has been since been taken by the 64-year-old Macallan. Only 12 bottles of this expression, featuring a stag’s head, were released making it extremely rare.


7. A six- ltr decanter of the Macallan became the new world record holder for most expensive whisky sold. The Macallan ‘M’ was sold for 381,620 English pounds. 


8. Released in 2011, 21 bottles of Royal Salute’s, The Honors of Scotland. This 125,000 English pounds whisky was blended from some of Royal Salute’s oldest whiskies – all age 45 years and up – and comes presented in a bejeweled bottle crafted by the world’s oldest jeweler to royalty, Garrard. It features 413 white and black diamonds. with 22 carats of gemstones set in gold and silver.


9. 100-year-old heritage Grande Champagne Cognac is one of the rarest and most expensive drinks on the planet carrying a price at 2 million dollars. It comes in a 24-carat gold and sterling platinum bottle with 6,500 diamonds made by jeweler Jose Davalos. It was first produced in 1776 and was named to honor King Henri IV. It is aged in barrels for more than 100 years and just 100cl is decanted into the 8kg diamond studded bottle!


10. Tequila from Tequila Ley, 2010, at 3.5 million dollars with much of its value carried by its white gold and platinum bottle encrusted with 6,400 diamonds designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Gomez Oropeza. The similarity between this design and the Henry IV Heritage Cognac is explained by the fact that both were created by Ley 925.


11. Chateaux d’Yquem 1811, at 130,000 dollars, a rare and vintage wine from the reputable Chateau since 1711.


12. Bombay Sapphire Revelation, 5 unique bottles created by Karim Rashid and the bottles feature diamonds, Baccarat crystals and sapphires. Sold at 200,000 dollars.


13.  64 year old Macallan single Malt in a Lalique crystal decanter at 464,000 dollars sold at an auction in 2010, probably the most expensive whisky in the world. This rare Scotch was vatted from three sherry-seasoned Spanish oak casks — the first was filled in 1942, the second in 1945, and the third in 1946.


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