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.
Article originally published on August 15, 2018
Cambridge Distillery Watenshi “The Japanese Angel”
“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 an expensive 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.
Jam Jar Gin Morus LXIV
When it takes two years to produce an expensive gin (which can also only be created from a single 100-year-old Mulberry tree), you know you’re on to something special. In fact, this could very well be one of the rarest gins in existence, hence the price tag. One look at the bottle continues to give the impression of pure craftsmanship. The porcelain vessel, cork, cotton paper labels and hide leather case all confirming this.
But what about the taste of such an expensive liquid? Exquisitely smooth, with subtle velvety oak and smoky sweetness, that’s what. Pure juniper rolls off the tongue with pure zesty citrus oils. As for drinking it… just pour in your favourite tonic (I’m kidding please DON’T do that). Their advice is to savour this neat for a true experience, followed by a couple of drops of water, just as you would a cask-strength scotch. Say hello to the world’s most expensive gin.
Grand Cru Gin
Are you a fan of Grand Cru Burgundy? Because I am. I’m also a fan of when people try to do something that hasn’t been done before. – Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t always work, but in this instance, it did. Grand Cru Gin is created with 50% Grand Cru Burgundy (25% cold distilled and 25% hot distilled) which is then blended with 50% gin.
The botanicals are pretty luxurious too – with raspberry, strawberry, black truffle, rose and violet all making it into the mix. Presentation box, snazzy decanter, well, it certainly looks the part too, so what’s not to love?
Ki No Bi Gin Edition G
I’d never heard of a gin aged in old champagne casks until now. The two seem to work marvellously together in cocktails, but how about as an ageing method? Henri Giraud tied the knot with Ki No Bi, pioneers of the first well-known expensive gin from Tokyo to create this taste sensation. Only 1,740 bottles were released in total and they recommend concocting a French 75 to enjoy it at its best. Classy, darling.
From Cambridge Distillery in collaboration with the Nordic Food Lab, the Anty Gin was born. No, it’s not a joke, this expensive 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 flavour 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.
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