The first Tequila was made in the 16th century and hails from the blue agave plant that is primarily farmed around the surrounding area of Tequila, which is located approximately 40 miles northwest of the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Only blue agave plants can be used for the production of this alcohol and no other form of the agave plant family. It is typically made with a 38% alcohol content, which is equivalent to 76 U.S. proof, which is what is required for domestic consumption, however, U.S. law requires that it contain at least 40% (80 proof) alcohol for sales in the U.S. The drink is most often served in a shot form, served with salt and lime as a chaser, (the most common serving form across the world), although it can be used in some mixed drinks as well.
Like with most forms of alcohol, there are bottles of the alcohol that are more expensive than others. What determines which brands and bottles sell for more or less can be determined by the way in which it was processed, as well as the way it was bottled, whether the bottle itself, is more elaborate and luxurious than the average bottle you’d find in a store. If you have ever which brands and bottles of Tequila were the most expensive, keep reading to learn what the 10 most expensive Tequila bottles in the world are:
10. Gran Patron – $250
Some people might describe Tequila as a strong, almost bitter taste for an alcohol beverage, however, Gran Patron has gone the extra mile to create one of the smoothest tasting Tequilas in the world. This Tequila has been triple-distilled and aged, removing its natural color to reveal a crisp, clear liquor for sipping. Not only is the liquor itself a beautiful example of one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, but the bottle is exquisite as well. Each uniquely shaped curved bottle of the Gran patron brand Tequila is enveloped in velvet then packaged in a violin-quality, hand-made, wood box that is made of fine maple wood. Each bottle sells for $250.
9. Don Julio Real Tequila – $350
Don Julio Gonzalez had a dream, and that was to farm each agave plant himself and tend to every detail about his plants so that he could create the finest Tequila. From the planting to the harvesting, distilling, and aging process, Gonzalez was determined to make the quality of his Tequila override quantity, which he has succeeded quite well with. Don Julio has created several types of Tequila, however, his Real Tequila is one of the most favored. Real Tequila is aged for three-to-five years in American white-oak barrels and when it has been deemed ready for bottling, what you see is a majestic golden hue in the liquor’s coloring. What you’ll taste are hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolates, with a lowlight of almond in the mix. This is a very sensuous Tequila and it is Gonzalez’s pride and joy, which is why he has bottled it in the exquisite bottle that is adorned on top with the leaves of the agave plant. A bottle of the Real Tequila sells for a high-end price of $350.
8. Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema Tequila – $360
Created in 1990, the Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema Tequila is a supreme Tequila that offers you a smooth finish after every sip. The flavor stems from the way the agave plant is harvested, with the pina, or heart of the plant being stripped from the leaves. It’s cooked for over 24 hours in brick and stone ovens before it is set off to age for 49 months. The Tequila has not only won the hearts of many Tequila enthusiasts and accolades around the world as being one of the best, but it has actually won awards, including the 2012 Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A bottle of the Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema Tequila sells for $360.
7. Tres-Quatro-Cinco Tequila – $379
Enrique Fonseca is a renowned Tequila producer, and his accomplishments are recognized as being a master distiller, architect and master blender of 30% three year, 40% four year and 30% five year Tequilas that are all artfully and distinctly aged in French oak barrels for the most optimum flavor in his Tequila brand. The flavor and aromas are said to be spectacular and all are bottled in high-end, premium crystal decanters that were specifically designed and personally signed by the infamous Mexican artist, Alonso Gonzalez Jr. They are a true masterpiece that is very fitting for the luxurious Tequila that is housed inside each one. Each bottle of this brand sells for $379, making it one of the most expensive bottle of Tequila world wide.
6. Rey Sol Anejo Tequila – $400
You will totally be inspired by just the bottle alone. Simply magnificent and enchanting, Rey Sol Anejo has found a way to bottle sunshine. Founded in 1886 by Don Delfino Gonzalez, the master of this Tequila empire ages its Tequila in French oak barrels for a minimum of 5 years in order to bring out the most pleasant flavors of caramel, vanilla, and spice to tantalize the pallet. It’s a little bit of sunshine on the tongue, which is what you will find, starting with the uniquely designed, smiling sunny bottle. This bottle sells for $400 each.
5. Clase Azul Extra Anejo (Ultra) Tequila $1,700
So rare and so supreme, only 100 units of this Tequila were made, 50 for the U.S. and 50 for Mexico. This brand of Tequila was produced by the Productos Finos de Agave Distillery and is made of 100% Tequilliana Weber Blue Agave. Once harvested and distilled, it is set in Sherry oak barrels to age for many years before it is finally bottled in the finest, beautifully handcrafted ceramic decanters that feature 24-karat gold along with pure Silver ‘Ley.925’ and Platinum paint. Whether you plan to delight yourself in the liquor or preserve it as a collector of fine liquors, you will be delighted by everything about this superb Tequila that sells for an unbelievable $1,700.
4. 1800 Coleccion Tequila – $1,800
What can you say about a brand of Tequila so exquisite that it warrants a price of $1,800 a bottle. Only that any collector who wants to own something to really showcase, this is it. The Beckmann family owns the 1800 Coleccion brand, along with the Jose Cuervo brand, which is one of the most recognizable names in Tequila, however, this is their premium and it is named after the year that Tequila first was aged in oak casks. The 1800 Tequila is one of 9 varieties made by the company and it’s bottled in a Belgian crystal bottle trimmed in pewter and placed in a suede leather case, which in and of itself, is as luxurious as the Tequila. Each bottle sells for $1,800 and is one of the most expensive Tequilas ever.
3. Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio Tequila – $2,000
This is a limited edition of Tequila that was made with 100% Blue Agave and displays the distiller’s artistry in knowing just how to process the plant, how to distill and re-distill until it is already bursting with flavor, then age the product in very expensive wood barrels, like Cherry wood, Acacia and Esche. This particular version aged for 10 years in French Limousin oak barrels, then bottled in artisan glass vessels that stand 17 inches tall and are decorated with 21-karat Gold letters and gorgeous painted-on sun. The exquisite bottles were designed to alert you to this brand’s heritage. This is one of the most exclusive Tequilas in the world. With only 2,000 bottles of this Tequila produced each year, it carries a hefty price tag to go with it, selling for $2,000 a bottle.
2. AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto Tequila – $2,800
We’re down to the second most expensive Tequila bottles available. At $2,800, AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto Tequila is aged in French oak barrels for 5 years and is vintage dated, and each bottle is signed and numbered. This is a very limited edition of this brand, being as exclusive as it is. The Tequila was processed and aged in Port Wine barrels that contain high levels of sugar, which gives the liquor added sweetness, making it a fine, sipping beverage. The bottles are made in Italy. They are individually handcrafted and each a masterpiece, and a luxurious decanter that is donned with a beautiful crystal stopper.
1. Ultra-Premium Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Tequila – $225
Here we go, the number one most expensive Tequila bottle, Ultra-Premium Ley.925 Pasion Azteca Tequila. It has a value of $225 and is made from the Blue Agave plant’s pure sap. Once the distilling process has been done, this Tequila is aged for 6 years. The bottle makes this liquor really stand alone. It is two-pieced. Piece one, is 100% handcrafted of pure platinum, while the other piece is pure white gold. What holds the pieces together is a platinum emblem. This beautiful artistic decanter is a real showpiece and conversation starter, and it is one that every collector should have in his collection.