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August 14, 2023 at 8:34 PM PST

With the current booming alcohol market, there are a variety of liquor options that scream opulence. From rich tequilas to robust bourbons, the options for expensive alcohol are limitless. Crafted with keen attention to detail, bourbon embodies a meticulous commitment to some of the finest ingredients such as fermented grain, yeast, and water, to name a few.

Savoring expensive bourbon is certainly an experience in itself. Whether it’s the sight of rich amber liquid swirling in a glass, the anticipation of the aroma as it reaches the nose, and the gradual unfolding of vibrant layers of flavor– This sensory experience contributes to a multi-sensory journey that encompasses craftsmanship and passion.

As expensive bourbon continues to age and evolve, so too does its allure, leaving an undeniable mark on those fortunate enough to experience its taste. In essence, bourbon offers a one-a-kind experience with years of heritage and timelessness. From 17-year-old bourbon to 21-year-old bourbon, below are all of the most expensive bottles in the world.

Willett Family Estate Bottled Single-Barrel- $6,312


Aged for an impressive 17 years, this bourbon represents a harmonious blend of time, tradition, and meticulous craftsmanship. The Willett Distillery, renowned for its commitment to quality and heritage, has produced a masterpiece that captures the essence of the Kentucky bourbon experience.

Get Similar: Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style. When looking for a good an alternative, this bourbon offers a rich and full-bodied flavor profile. While it still may be a bit pricier, it’s still more affordable than some higher-end single-barrel releases.

Pair With: Rauk Heavy Tumbler old fashioned glass. This modern interpretation of the classic old fashioned glass. was developed for bourbon and whiskey drinkers who prefer their spirit chilled on the rocks.

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John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve 20-Year-Old-$6,739


With an impressive age statement of 20 years, the Very Special Reserve stands as a showcase between time and wood. The rich, amber hue of the bottle alludes to the years spent maturing in charred oak barrels, allowing the bourbon to absorb the nuances of the wood and develop a complexity of flavors.

Get Similar: Maker’s Mark 101. If you’re looking for a wheated bourbon with a bit higher proof, Maker’s Mark 101 could be a good option. While it doesn’t match the age of John E. Fitzgerald, it offers a bolder flavor profile.

Pair With: Gold Dragon Double Old-Fashioned Glasses. Want to add some drama to your drink? These Williams Sonoma exclusives with hand painted in gold all are all the chic flair you need.

Old Rip Van Winkle ‘Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve-$6,746


Hailing from the heart of Kentucky, USA, a region renowned for its bourbon production, “Pappy” Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon has garnered an almost mythical reputation among aficionados and collectors alike. Aged for  23 years, it embodies the pinnacle of patience and dedication required to achieve the amount of depth, character, and flavor in the bottle.

Get Similar: Larceny Bourbon. Another wheated bourbon, Larceny, is known for its smoothness and sweetness. While not as aged as Pappy Van Winkle, it provides a similar mash bill experience.

Display On: Modern Wood Sideboard with Faux Marble Countertop. When it comes to displays, this sleek design and elegant faux marble countertop pair beautifully with this masterpiece of a bourbon bottle.

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Colonel E.H. Taylor ‘Cursed Oak’ Straight Kentucky Bourbon- $6,953


The ‘Cursed Oak’ bourbon carries a unique narrative that draws inspiration from a legendary tale of barrels that were said to be cursed, essentially infusing intense flavors to the whiskey due to the charred oak barrels. This intriguing backstory adds an element of allure and intrigue to the bourbon, inviting enthusiasts to dive into the history and the taste of the bottle.

Get Similar: Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch or Single Barrel. If you appreciate the Colonel E.H. Taylor line, the Small Batch or Single Barrel expressions are more widely available and offer excellent quality. They may not have the same characteristics as Cured Oak but showcase the brand’s craftsmanship.

Pair With: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass. A good splurge is worth it if you’re looking for a no-nonsense glassware.

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(Most Expensive Bourbon) Michter’s 20 Years Old Limited Release Single-Barrel Bourbon- $7,402


Michter’s 20-Year-Old Single-Barrel Bourbon showcases the distillery’s respect for tradition while embracing innovation. This limited release encapsulates legacy and exclusivity at its finest with two decades of maturation. The expression embodies the art of patience, wood interaction, and the pursuit of flavor perfection, essentially making it an expensive and premium bourbon option for all of the enthusiasts out there.

Get Similar: Michter’s US*1 Bourbon. We can’t all afford an over 7K price tag, but while not aged for 20 years, this Michter’s standard bourbon expression shares the same craftsmanship and offers a good taste experience at a more affordable price.

Display On: Blanton’s Bourbon Half Barrel Head Stopper Display. The half barrel head stopper display is made from an authentic barrel and is the perfect way to display your bourbon and a few old fashioned rocks glasses.

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