Tequila is not just about doing shots with a lick of salt and a suck on a lemon. This delectable spirit made from Blue Weber agave is now having its hey-day. Owing to this liquor’s growing popularity and sophistication over the years, luxury tequila is a reality.
With its unique flavor, sweet finish, and hints of spice, some ultra-premium tequila can have a hefty price tag, but for special occasions it is so worth it to be sipping the good stuff. Here’s a list of some of the world’s most expensive tequila you can find on the market.
Tequila Ley 925 is probably most famous as the most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold. It’s in the Guinness book of World Records as selling for $225,000 to a Mexican collector.
The Tequila Ley Diamante bottle, designed by Jose Davalos Mejia, is decorated with two kilos of platinum and 4,100 white diamonds. The liquid inside is a Premium Extra Añejo that has been rested in barrels for 7 years.
When one of the best tequila makers, Patrón, joined hands with Lalique, the luxury French crystal brand, the world was introduced to the Patron en Lalique tequila series. This one is the second part of a limited edition series.
Not only is it all about the fabulous crystal decanter that is purely Lalique with the addition of Patron’s traditional bee in forged in white gold on the stopper, the liquid inside is just as gorgeous.
The Serie 2 tequila is a premium extra añejo made in small batches and aged for eight years in a combination of casks – American and French oak barrels, as well as sherry barrels, before going into this beautiful bottle. The final result is a smooth tequila with a fruity aroma and hints of oak and vanilla.
José Cuervo 250 Aniversario
In 1758, Spain’s King Carlos granted Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo land to grow agave. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of this event, the Jose Cuervo 250 Anniversario special edition tequila was made. Owned by the Beckmann family today, they are continuously creating more and more exciting tequilas.
The ultra-aged tequila, made from 100% blue select agave, sits in American White Oak barrels. Then after blending it with other tequila from Cuervo’s cellar, the tequila remains in barrels of Spanish sherry for about a year before going into the bottle.
With an intense and warm flavor, this smoky tequila possesses a citrusy sherry aroma. The smooth taste, a blend of vanilla, chocolate, and butterscotch, is mild and creamy.
It’s all presented in an elegant glass decanter and comes in a solid oak box.
This delicious extra anejo tequila with a limited edition release of only 350 bottles was produced by tequila masters Codigo 1530.
The tequila rested for 13 years in ex-Cognac casks, giving it a flavor profile that is a blend of sweet vanilla, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. It is presented in a gorgeous handcrafted bottle holds this rich tequila.
Honoring the Day of the Dead or Dia de la Muertos, Patrón collaborated with Guillermo Del Toro, the renowned Mexican filmmaker, to make Patrón x Guillermo Del Toro tequila.
The tequila comes in an intricately-made crystal bottle with a skull shape, holding two separate chambers – one for the aged tequila and the other with an orange liqueur that enhances the tequila’s flavor in any cocktail.
This extra añejo tequila is made by blending different tequilas that have aged in oak barrels for five years. Its sweet aroma is a blend of vanilla, nuts, and dry fruits. With a sweet, fruity, and honey-like taste, it has an agave and oak finish.
The bottle comes in a case with carved red skeleton interiors, two shot glasses, two candles, as part of the Dia de la Muertos ritual. This one’s worth collecting, provided you can get your hands on one.
Barique De Ponciano Porfidio Tequila
With only 3000 bottles of this tequila produced between 1998 – 2001, this special tequila is both rare and expensive.
This tequila is aged in expensive wood varieties like Acacia, Cherrywood, and Esche, rather than the traditionally used oak barrels.
The bottle of tequila is 17-inches tall and slender, with a glowing sun logo and lettering, both embellished with 24-carat gold. There’s also a handblown hollow glass model of a cactus right inside the bottle. All this comes in a special blue ceramic canister.
AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto Extra Añejo
A unique brandy-like tequila, the AsomBroso Del Porto Extra Añejo derives its name from the Portuguese port barrels used for aging.
After remaining in barrels of ex-Portuguese port wine for a decade, its taste is similar to brandy. A small quantity of white oak cask-aged tequila is mixed into this tequila, resulting in a multi-layered, rounded flavor.
A crystal decanter, designed by Italian artist Luciano Gambaro from one found in an 18th-century Portuguese castle, with its colorful designs around its base, holds the tequila. The bottle comes in a lovely handmade cedar humidor with a dial on the side for a special touch.
A familiar brand for tequila lovers, 1800 produced the Colección Extra Añejo released only in the finest years of production.
This supreme tequila is made from agave plants with optimum maturity and aged in French oak casks. It is finally blended with the finest aged tequila reserves for the special 1800 Colección.
It has a well-structured taste profile with a deep-golden hue and smooth finish. There is a subtle and distinctive hint of almond flavor, along with shades of toasty oak, roasted agave, and black pepper.
Every edition of the 1800 Colección comes in a custom-designed decanter, making each bottle of tequila a limited edition piece of artwork.
Other Expensive Tequilas
- Clase Azul 25th anniversary edition
- Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema Tequila
- Tres, Cuatro, Cinco tequila
Lush Life Loves
I love tequila and so these make me so excited! One sip and I think even the tequila-hater would be hard pressed not to enjoy them!
Cocktails to make with your less expensive tequila!