Alcohol is a delight that marks the heyday of material splendour and, if the proper refined tastes and production techniques are used, can turn into a real treat for the senses. Naturally, the landscape of the modern alcohol industry has undergone some changes and a few beverages tower above the rest with quality, unparalleled texture and taste – a true indulgence reserved for the ultra-wealthy.
Vieille Bon Secours Ale – $1,200
The 10-yearold Belgian beer is produced by la Brasserie Caulier in a family-owned and operated brewery that safeguards religiously its traditions in ale-making. The hefty price tag is for 12 litres of the savoury beer that’s been aged for 10 years to accomplish that anise and toffee favour. The alcohol percentage is 8%, which is pretty strong for ale.
The Winston Cocktail – $14,000
A single cocktail so spectacular it combines some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive blends of liquor for sublime taste and texture – Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Viellissement Exceptionellement Prolongé, and a hint of Angostura Bitters. It is elegant, refined and subtly delicious – a true drink for executives.
Legacy by Angostura – $25,000
The rum mixture is so special mainly for its political significance – it was crafted specifically to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. Each rum comes in a case and crystal decanter, designed specifically by Asprey’s of London to complement the rich and delicate mixture of several rums all aged for at least 17 years.
Château d’Yquem – $130,000
With a history of over 300 years in wine production, the wine producer in the Bordeaux region of France has developed certain techniques that take wine-making one step beyond the stuff that dreams are made of. This incredibly rare vintage is often described as ‘drinking liquified crème brûlée’.