Liquor collecting is for novices and connoisseurs alike. It’s fun to start with the basics and then build a creative collection from there. In this article, we’ll discuss five extravagant bottles of liquor made for drink connoisseurs. Choosing a bottle from our list is the easy way to select that perfect gift for the liquor collector in your life. It’s also the perfect way to select something for you to enjoy after a long day at work. You’ve earned it, so let’s get started.
Macallan Rare Cask Scotch Whisky
If you are acquainted with Macallan, you aren’t surprised their Scotch made the list for the most extravagant bottles of liquor made for drink connoisseurs. Macallan’s impeccable care and commitment toward excellence are world-renowned.
The rare cask edition is crafted in oak casks seasoned with sherry. No other distillery is more particular with their wood policy, so you know the oak cask is well-seasoned and you’re sure to pick up those aromatic sherry notes.
A lovely tea color, the nose enjoys sherry, cocoa, and dark fruits, followed by hints of spice and butterscotch. Next, the palate enjoys that classic iodine flavor, caramel, and the sweetness of sherry. Finish with a sweet maltiness that lingers a bit longer than expected so you can enjoy it until the very end.
Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac
Rémy Martin Louis XIII is an investment, so please sit down while we share the highest-priced spirit on our list. Near $5000 a bottle in some markets, this Cognac is worth every penny, and you’ll want to savor every drop. Not only is the flavor divine, but the history behind each bottle is like no other.
First, up to 1,200 eau de vie (colorless fruit brandies all 40 to 100 years old) are used for this deep amber Cognac, and sourced only from the beautiful Grande Champagne of the Cognac region. The process includes aging in oak barrels that are several hundred years old.
Every decanter of this Cognac, with a greater history than any other, takes over 100 years to get to the place where it can finally reach our lips. The beauty of the bottle is enough to make us want to own one. It’s unrivaled.
The notes? A gorgeous copper color, fragrant spices, fruit, and bouquets of flowers. And the taste is so layered, it’s hard to know where to begin or end. Honey, saffron, nuts, jasmine, leather, and rose nectar explode on the tongue, and finish with floral notes and nectar opulence.
Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac may be expensive, but we dare you to find another experience like it.
Red Spot Irish Whiskey
Imagine a whiskey aged in American bourbon, Spanish sherry, and Sicilian Marsala wine barrels. That’s Red Spot Irish whiskey, and the combination of those flavorful casks brings us a whiskey rich in layers.
Red Spot has that beautiful amber color of fine whiskeys, and floral and caramel notes to tempt our senses with the first sniff. Take your time chewing this whiskey so your tongue enjoys every unfolding layer.
It begins with an almost silky feel, and flavors of caramel, vanilla, apple, and a slight hint of pepper. Don’t stop there; the longer you roll this Irish whiskey in your mouth, the more notes you’ll pick up. As it’s exposed to the air, Red Spot opens up beautifully, and your palate will thank you.
Some say the finish reminds them of apples baking or a spicy fruitcake. That’s reason enough to enjoy a glass of Red Spot Irish whiskey near a crackling fire.
Classic Kentucky bourbon is on the shelves of many, including new collectors and those who have been passionate about bourbon for years. Although some bourbons are now made in areas other than Kentucky, for many purists, it’s not bourbon if it’s not Kentucky.
Blanton’s continues that rich history and is proudly known for revolutionizing the industry with the first single malt bourbon. Before we get into the notes of Blanton’s, we must point out the artistic and beautifully designed stopper atop each bottle. What better way to show respect to the state that created bourbon, than with a Kentucky racehorse and jockey on top of every stopper?
Smooth and buttery are a common theme among those who describe the experience. That’s a good enough description for most of us to want to try Blanton’s. Who doesn’t enjoy smooth and buttery? Still, there’s more. The nose is tantalized with a wonderful orange peel aroma, along with vanilla and other spices.
Take a sip and enjoy notes of cloves and caramel, then finish strong with long-lasting notes of caramel and corn once again.
Although Blanton’s single malt bourbon was once for dignitaries only, if you’re willing to spend about $300 per bottle, you may partake in this tempting red, amber bourbon as well.
Clase Azul Mezcal
Connoisseurs are starting to understand that mezcal has more to offer than mixed drinks. Some, like Clase Azul Mezcal, are too wonderful to mix.
There is sometimes confusion between a tequila and a mezcal. Both are distilled from Mexico’s agave plant with slight differences. To make tequila, the leaves are steamed in ovens. To make mezcal, the leaves are roasted underground, which is what gives mezcal that smoky flavor it’s famous for. Technically, tequila is a mezcal, not the other way around.
The bottle of Clase Azul Mezcal is nothing less than a work of art. This isn’t a bottle to store inside of a cabinet. It’s absolutely striking with a matte black finish, as well as intricate, colorful details. Every decanter is a piece of hand-crafted pottery, hand painted with ancestral artwork. Simply stunning.
Pour this mezcal neat into a glass and sip slowly to enjoy every note. It begins with a strong aroma similar to hay and fresh herbs. The taste is smoky with peanuts, apples, and wood. The finish is long and earthy, with notes like grasses. Buy Clase Azul Mezcal to display and enjoy its unique flavors with the closest of friends.
Use our list of extravagance to impress loved ones and friends with the gift of rare liquor, or treat yourself to a bottle and enjoy sipping one of the finer things in life.
At VS Liquor, we believe rare liquors are to be enjoyed by everyone. We carry specialty liquor online, making it easy to find that hard-to-find liquor. Have fun browsing, and contact us with any questions you have. Until then, may your glass always be half full.