Top 10 Most Expensive Tequillas in the World
Tequila is a spirit made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila is most often made at a 38–40% alcohol content (76–80 proof), but can be produced between 35–55% alcohol content (70–110 proof).Though most tequilas are 80 proof, many distillers will distill to 100 proof and then dilute it with water to reduce its harshness. Some of the more well respected brands distill the alcohol to 80 proof without using additional water as a diluent. We present to you our research on the top ten most expensive tequilas in the World.
10. Gran Patrón Platinum (USD250)
This ultra-premium tequila is richly textured and eminently satisfying. Patrón is the bestselling brand of 100% agave tequila and Gran Patrón Platinum Tequila has only furthered their preeminence. In order to produce a lighter-bodied, more brilliant spirit—the tequila is sent through a traditional copper pot still a third time. Another innovative twist is that a portion of each distillation is aged briefly in American oak barrels prior to being blended back into the batch.
9. Don Julio Real (USD350)
At the age of 17 (1942), Don Julio Gonzalez opened his first tequila distillery and his name has been virtually synonymous with luxury, widely available tequila ever since. The name now tags a portfolio of 100% blue agave tequilas with a taste for everyone, from the light sweetness of its Blanco to its caramel 1942 Añejo. The matter of favorites among the line is one of personal choice; some really enjoy the distinct pepper kick of the Real and 1942 while the smooth sipping Añejo is perfect for others.
8. Casa Herradua Seleccion Suprema (USD 350)
Introduced in 1990, Seleccion Suprema is made from 100% Tequilana Weber Blue Agave. Excellence is the only word to describe this World Class drink; the ultimate expression of Casa Herradura. A limited edition masterpiece made from only the best of the estate grown agaves, creating a magical product without equal. Full-bodied, thick, creamy, and silky. Delicate smell of boiled agave, a dried wood presence with cinnamon, rose lips and a vanilla touch. It possesses a very dark amber color, showing its barrel aging. The taste confirms the boiled agave and the smooth wooden texture. Creamy to the palate and very subtle when swallowed. Very elegant.
7. Partida Elegante (USD 350)
Partida is among the fastest growing brands of premium tequila in the country and ultra-premium Partida 100% Agave Elegante Extra Añejo Tequila will certainly fan the flames. One of the first tequilas to bear the extra añejo designation on its label, it’s a dramatic example of what can be achieved when patience and expertise meld with unbridled passion. Partida Añejo Tequila is matured for a minimum of 18 months in oak barrels previously used to age Jack Daniel’s. During aging the tequila acquires an alluring copper hue and a generous bouquet of ripe red fruit, honey and cocoa aromas. About the moment it washes over your palate you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of greatness. The tequila has a lushly textured, satiny smooth body and waves of pastry-like flavors.
6. Rey Sol Anejo (USD 400)
Finest among the fine. Rey Sol stands out as being a work of arts from start to finish. The bottle starts out as being a work of art from start to finish. The bottle is designed by famous Mexican artist “Sergio Bustamante”. It’s a Tequila that satisfies the most demanding of pallets with 6 years of aging in French Oak barrels. Rey Sol is recommended with fine dinning and especially with red meat. You can also enjoy it with desserts, coffee and dried fruits.
5. Tres-Quatro-Cinco (USD 500)
The La Tequileña distillery which was originally founded in 1967 was purchased by Sr. Enrique Fonseca in 1990 who according to Bob Emmons was at least at the time the largest agave farmer in Jalisco. Tres-Quatro-Cinco is said to be produced exclusively by the Fonseca family. Evidently this ultra-premium product is the result of a special family blend of 3 examples of aged tequila. 30% three year, 40% four year and 30% five year, hence the name of 3-4-5. Not to be confused with Porfidio’s “cactus” bottles this tequila has been bottled in beautiful limited edition crystal decanters specially designed and then signed and numbered by Mexico City artist, Señor Alonso Gonzales. I don’t know if the company had issues with Porfidio or if they had some other motivation but later bottles of 3-4-5 were made with a “prickly pear” cactus in place of the saguaro.
4. AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto (USD1, 100)
Ambroso is taking pre-orders for its summer ’07 ultra-premium release, aged in French oak for five years and then another year in port barrels. The bottle is a hand-blown, 18th-century replica decanter.
3. 1800 Coleccion (USD 1,800)
Aging in charred French oak barrels gives 1800’s rare extra-añejo a rich, toasted flavor. For each production, a different Latin American artist is commissioned to design the packaging.
2. Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio (USD2, 000)
Austrianative Martin Grassl moved toMexicoin 1991 to establish the Porfidio distillery. He says his rigorous distillation methods, which involve a gas chromatographer, separate the “head” and “tail” of the spirit, leaving the “heart” of the refined liquid. The Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is aged in both virgin Frenchlimousinoak and new Italian acacia wood, and housed in a hand-blown glass bottle. Only 2,000 bottles of Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio are produced each year.
1. Ultra Premium Tequila Ley .925 Pasión Azteca (USD 225,000)
platinum-and-gold bottle fetched nearly a quarter-million dollars at auction in Mexico City last year. The spirit that fills it is a triple-distilled mix of 8-, 10- and 12-year-old agave plants and is produced by Hacienda La Capilla Distillery in Los Altos, Jalisco. Ley .925 CEO Fernando Altamirano says the liquor is aged in barrels whose provenance is “top secret.” Pasion azteca is the most expensive tequilla.