Costly Consumption: 10 Incomprehensibly Expensive CognacsBy Joe Wertz
Most Expensive Cognac: To bear the name “cognac”, this 300-year-old spirit must be produced from a specific blend of grapes, distilled twice in copper stills and then aged for at least two years in French oak casks– and that’s just for the cheap stuff. The liquid is made, quite literally, from the waters of life, and some collectors have dedicated the finances of their own lives to its pursuit. Want to learn a bit more about some of the most expensive cognac ever made? Pull out a snifter, pass the Courvoisier and hit the jump for 10 of the most expensive cognacs ever bottled. [image courtesy: smadness]
10. $5,000 – Courvoisier L’Esprit Decanter
Made from a variety of blends, some which date back to Napoleon I, Courvoisier’s L’Esprit is smoky and rich, with fragrances of cinnamon and dried apricot flowers. The flavor is initially powerful but has a mellow aftertaste.
9. $5,500 – Jenssen Arcana
Aged 98 years in Oak barrels, Jenssen’s Arcana is powerful, “extraordinarily” concentrated and only bottled, sealed and certified upon request.
8. $6,000 – Hine Triomphe Talent De Thomas Hine Crystal Decanter
Each bottle of Hine’s high-end Talent de Thomas is bottled in a Baccarat decanter and placed within an actual cigar humidor made from Maccasar ebony and Honduran Mahogany which helps preserve the spirit’s delicate floral bouquet.
7. $6,400 – Frapin Cuvée 1888
A rare blend of Cognacs from Frapin’s reserves, the Cuvée is bottled beneath a 24-karat gold stopper in a twisty crystal decanter that looks like a prop from a community Shakespeare staging. Flowery flavors combine with sweet spices, honey and toasted vanilla notes.
6. $7,500 – Martell Creation Cognac In Handcarved Baccarat Decanter
Martell’s rare cognac is a “reinterpretation” of a batch first casked at the start of the 19th century. The Grand Extra has a soft flavor that starts as dried fruit and marmalade and fades into notes of walnuts and cedarwood.
5. $7,900 – Le Voyage de Delamain
A blend of cognacs from Delamain, Le Voyage was bottled in 500 crystal decanters, most of which were quickly bought or reserved by eager collectors. It’s rumored to have a complex taste that fades from Russian leather to tobacco, coffee and Eastern spices.
4. $12,900 – Hardy Perfection 140 years Cognac
Supposedly the “World’s oldest known unblended cognac,” this offering from Hardy was limited to 300 Daum crystal decanters. It’s an exceedingly rare cognac that is said to taste of coffee, chocolate and oak.
3. $55,000 – Remy Martin Cognac Black Pearl Louis XIII
When you swish Remy Martin’s deep amber-colored Black Pearl Louis XIII around in your mouth, you’re actually tasting 1,200 40 to 100-year old cognacs blended together. The swill is said to smell of flowers, fruits and spices, it’s flavor a mixture of ginger, cinnamon and Cuban cigars.
2. $200,000 – Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac
Insert a bronze key, turn, and Hennessy’s Baccarat crystal-bottled Beaute du Siecle rises up on a tray. Housed in a melted aluminum and mirrored glass case this mixture is blended from Hennessy’s reserves of 47 to 100-year-old cognacs.
1. $2 million – Henri IV, Cognac Grande Champagne
An elixir mixed since 1776 by the direct descendants of King Henri IV, each batch of Henri IV Dudognon Heritage is aged in a barrel for more than 100 years and capped inside a 24-karat gold-dipped and 6,500 diamond-bejeweled bottle.
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