When it comes to the finer things in life, from luxury sports cars to six-figure watches, expensive tequila may not be top of mind for you. Why? Because you probably haven’t had a top-of-the-line tequila yet. Too rarely grouped with Scotch, Cognac, and the like, truly refined tequilas make a masterful drink sipped straight, on the rocks, or in cocktails like, say, the Tequila Old Fashioned.

Certain Mexican tribes have been drinking tequila for thousands of centuries including the likes of the Chichimecan’s, the Otomies and the Toltecan’s. Yet from its humble beginnings, this clear drink has reached new consumer levels. In fact, today, you can choose from a whopping 500 plus brands of tequila alone.

When it comes to expensive tequila, no place on earth enjoys it more than the U.S.A. who is considered to be the global leader in the consumer stakes, but which is the most expensive tequila on the market and who makes the top 5

Article Originally Published On August 24, 2016

Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio

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Part of the price of Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is the bottle itself. It displays letters and images engraved in 21-karat gold. Aged for 10 years in French oak barrels, this expensive tequila is released in restricted-edition batches of just 2,000 bottles per year. Made from 100% agave, Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio has a clean taste undiluted by minerals or contamination of a water supply.

AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto

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Connoisseurs of fine tequilas say that no special occasion is necessary to drink AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto. Drinking this brandy-like tequila is the occasion. Aged for ten years in barrels previously used to store port wine in Portugal, AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto is mixed with a small portion of tequila aged in white oak casks. The expensive tequila is bottled in a crystal decanter modelled after a decanter found in an eighteenth-century Portuguese castle by distiller Ricardo Gamarra that took Italian artist Luciano Gambaro two years to duplicate. The decanter travels in a handmade cedar humidor.

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Tequila Ley .925 Ultra-Premium

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In 2006, Tequila Ley wanted to produce a tequila that would be remembered. Their artists designed three unique bottles to provide a home for the tequila designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Gomez Oropeza to resemble a barbed seashell, making only 33 bottles for each run. A gold and silver bottle retailed for $25,000. The bottle is gold and platinum retailed for $150,000.

The bottle in white gold and platinum retailed for $225,000. In those 99 expensive bottles, they placed a fine tequila made from the pure sap of blue agave aged for six years. The same expensive tequila in a glass bottle of the same design retails for a mere $3,500.

Clase Azul 15th Anniversary Edition

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Clase Azul has been making tequilas of high quality since 1997. In 2012, it celebrated 15 years in business with a limited run of 15 bottles in the Clase Azul 15th Anniversary Edition, priced at $30,000. The bottle tells the story of Mexico through time with Mexican Designation of Origin styles of pottery Amber, Olinala, Talavera, and Tequila. The $450,000 collected from the sale of the 15 commemorative bottles was donated to the charitable organization Fundación con Causa Azul A.C., which promotes the work of Mexican craftspeople and artisans.

Tequila Ley .925 Diamanté

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Tequila Ley .925 Diamanté is rested in barrels for seven years. This Premium Extra Añejo is 42% alcohol. It is bottled in a flask made from 4.4 pounds (2 kg) of platinum and 4.100 perfect white diamonds. The overall design of the bottle is a dragon theme. Glass “dragon scales” cover the bottle, and a “dragon tooth” hangs from its neck.

The expensive tequila inside Tequila Ley .925 Diamanté is neither Añejo nor Extra-Añejo. It is aged 18 months in oak barrels and reportedly has both butterscotch and vanilla flavors. This tequila is the Tequila Ley .925 that sells over the counter for $3,499,947.01 less ($52.99 a bottle) in liquor stores everywhere.

This makes Tequila Ley .925 Diamanté the single most expensive tequila in the world.

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