Gin is the drink of a well-spent summer. But it can get boring, even for the most exquisite gin lovers, to always have the same drink, with the same flavors. For that, we present you the top 5 of the world’s most expensive gins, a pure delight for the rarest tastes.
1. Cambridge Distillery Watenshi “The Japanese Angel” $2700
“The Japanese Angel” has been distilled at half the pressure found on top of Mount Everest and at a temperature lower than the coldest ever day at the South Pole. Yet, the distillery has managed to preserve what could have been lost to evaporation and created the gin all other distillers could only dream of.
The result is a gin of unparalleled intensity and complexity, an expression of refined elegance that has previously been the preserve of the finest single malts and significantly aged cognacs.
Only six bottles of Watenshi are produced in each collection. They are presented in a decanter bottle hand blown in Cambridgeshire, designed by London based duo Loris&Livia and finished off with silver pieces by jeweler Antoine Sandoz. The liquid inside is equally sensational, with notes of sweet citrus and spice, supported by bitter juniper and an incredibly long, complex finish.
2. Nolet’s Reserve Gin Modern $632
Inspired to create a bespoke gin like no other, NOLET’S Reserve is the personal creation of Carolus Nolet, Sr., 10th generation distillery owner. Bottles are allocated annually, individually numbered by hand and presented in a prestigious gift box. It gets its unique flavor from warm spicy saffron and subtle, delicate verbena.
3. Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut $299
The standard bottling of Monkey 47 dry gin from Germany is one of the most expensive gin bottles you can buy, especially if you are more of a fruitier gin lover. But they make something special every year when they produce the distiller’s cut: distillers feature a different, rare botanical. In 2017, it was musk yarrow, an aromatic, alpine flowering plant, making whole storytelling behind the making of the gin.
4. Anty Gin $272
From Cambridge Distillery in collaboration with the Nordic Food Lab the Anty Gin was born. No, it’s not a joke, this gin is actually produced with real ants from the forests of Kent. Each bottle of gin is made with the essence of approximately 62 wood ants, along with juniper, wood avens, nettle and Alexanders seeds to complement the flavor of the insect.
“The result is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind gin that is being very well received worldwide,” he said. “People are astounded at how good it tastes. It’s expensive because it is so labour intensive – Anty Gin was almost a year in the making,” revealed Lowe, British distiller.
5. Forager’s Clogau $177
This special single-cask expression turns out to be the rarest since it was only created to celebrate the Royal wedding in May 2018 and will be a collection of only 440 bottles crafted, with a very limited 250 bottles being made available to the public. Each bottle is individually numbered and packaged in a charming display box which is sure to become a unique collector’s item.
“The Forager’s Clogau Reserve Gin is delicately hand-crafted using selected botanicals indigenous to the Welsh mountains and coastline, including juniper, sea buckthorn, apple, elderberry, gorse flower, and heather.”
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