When it comes to expensive liquors, tequila doesn’t usually come to mind. Instead, whiskeys, wines, and champagnes spring to memory, but several tequilas demand top-dollar.
Many of the most expensive tequilas come in works of art that, on their own merit, are worth an outstanding price. Despite the cost, an elegant experience awaits.
The experience doesn’t stop at the decanters. Many high-end tequilas age in oak or sherry casks to impart flavors that modify the unique citrus flavors of traditional tequila.
In addition, they impart bold new ones that draw notes of vanilla, caramel, and even smoke. The combination of quality tequila and elegant decanters creates the most expensive tequilas globally.
The Most Expensive Tequila in the World: Tequila Ley .925 Diamante
Ley Diamante is, without a doubt, the most expensive bottle of tequila in the world.
It sits at an astonishing $3.5 million thanks to the work of art decanter adorn with 4,100 perfect white diamonds.
The decanter also has 2 kilograms (almost 5 lbs) of platinum, the most valuable metal on the planet!
The tequila inside is Ley .925 ultra-high quality tequila aged in oak barrels for seven years.
It has precisely 42-degrees of alcohol volume and is so unique it’s considered a Mexican Jewel unseen in modern times.
Read on to learn about the most expensive tequilas on the market right now. Our list is in no particular order, so you’ll find bottles that cost hundreds of dollars, thousands of dollars, and one that costs millions!
Patron En Lalique: Serie 2 Tequila
Beautiful craftsmanship and exquisite liquor combine in an elegance that is tough to follow.
Patron En Lalique: Serie 2 occupies a crystal decanter with a flawless etched crystal stopper shaped like a bee.
Lalique masterfully crafts the decanter to hold artisan, small-batch-aged tequila. A bottle will average $7,500 but can cost as much as $10,000.
The color of the Patron En Lalique: Serie 2 matches the quality of the crystal with a deep golden color. It has fruit, vanilla, and oak aromas imparted from the proprietary 8-year aging process.
First sips reveal sweet honey, light agave, and fruit tones that finish with a lingering flavor of the agave and oak.
Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio Tequila
Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is unique in that it is 100% pure agave. Not a single drop of outside water goes into distilling this impressive tequila.
Not only is Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio one of the most expensive tequilas in the world, but it’s also one of the rarest, as only 2,000 bottles come out annually.
Aside from the artfully crafted bottle with 24-karat gold artwork and lettering, the tequila is incredible.
Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio uses pure blue agave in a quadruple distillation process aged in virgin barrels of fine woods like cherry and acacia.
If you manage to find one, chances are it’ll cost well over $2,000, with some vintages demanding far more.
Fuenteseca 21 Years Old Vintage 1993 Extra Añejo Tequila
Master distiller, Enrique Fonseca, set out to craft the longest aged tequila, and in 1993 just after the new year, this exceptional vintage came to life.
First, it aged for ten years in casks. Then, to finish the aging process, Fuentesca 21 Years Old Vintage 1993 Extra Anejo rested in Canadian oak barrels used for whiskey and Califonia White Wine.
Finally bottled in 2014, the Fuentesca 21 Years Old Vintage 1993 Extra Anejo Tequila is said to be extraordinarily complex and bold.
It takes on a borderline whiskey or bourbon feel, no doubt in part to the extra-long aging process. A bottle will run an average of $1,000 but can stretch to almost twice that.
Patrón x Guillermo Del Toro Añejo Tequila
World-renowned filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro hails from the tequila-producing region of Jalisco.
It’s only fitting that the famous artist teamed up with the most renowned tequila producer to craft a unique tequila and liquor that pair perfectly together.
The concoction comes in a beautifully hand-crafted bottle and display case.
Guillermo Del Toro’s liquor carries a fruit and honey flavor with nuts, orange, and vanilla hints. The liquid takes on sweet and honeyed oak flavors when ritually combined with the Anejo.
It finishes with a strong taste of agave and oak. A bottle will run you around $2,500, but it’s worth the price.
DeLeón Leona Añejo Tequila
DeLeon distills this special edition Anejo Tequila in a white-glove facility and ages for 34 months.
The bronze color and rich black box the bottle comes in screams elegance and luxury. It takes on a distinct flavor akin to that of Cognac and worth the almost $1,000 to purchase a bottle.
Further adding to the upscale nature of the DeLeon Leona Anejo tequila is the included python flask.
Sipping this fine tequila poured from an etched glass decanter gives good smokey flavor and notes of oak, caramel, spice, and vanilla.
Its character is unlike that of many other tequilas and finishes in a silky, fine liqueur fashion.
Tequila 1800 Colección Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila
1800 Tequila has a unique bottle to begin with. Still, with the Coleccion Reserva Extra Anejo, the classic design includes a hand-crafted crystal vessel that is a work of art on its own.
It’s such a pure tequila; it’s silver despite being an Extra Anejo aged for 16 months in oak barrels, then an additional six months in port wine casks.
The 1800 Coleccion Reserva Extra Anejo has warm vanilla, sweet honey, and caramel notes on the pallet, while a distinct cooked agave finished the mouthfeel.
The result is an ultra-high class tequila that’s ridiculously easy to sip. There were only 40 bottles produced, and each cost an average of $2,000.
Don Julio Real Anejo Tequila
Don Julio Real Anejo comes in a beautiful bottle that highlights the elegance of the agave plant.
From the agave plant stopper to the agave leaves on the sides of the bottle, Don Julio Real celebrates the plant that makes up this complex tequila.
It’s amber in color and has an aroma of white pepper, vanilla, and spices.
Don Julio Real Anejo has a rich agave taste, sweet vanilla, and spices on the pallet. It runs anywhere from $1000 to $2000 per bottle to start.
While it doesn’t boast the complexity of several other tequilas, it has an easy-drinking character with full-mouth flavor. It is a perfect jumping point into the ultra-high-end tequila market.
Patrón Chairman’s Reserve Extra Anejo
NFT and crypto is sweeping the world, and Patron is attempting to take advantage with a special edition tequila.
Patron’s Chairman’s Reserve Extra Anejo tequila is only available with the purchase of an NFT that’s estimated to cost around $4,500. This Patron comes in a hand-carved wooden box to mark its ultra-rare status.
The Patron Chariman’s Reserve Extra Anejo tequila isn’t just about the NFT and luxury, but just as much about the quality tequila inside.
It has a full-body complexity with an ultra-smooth feel. It is aged long enough in French Limousin and American oak barrels to give the tequila an almost wine-like finish.
Herradura 150 Anniversario Extra Añejo Tequila
Herradura celebrated its 150th-anniversary crafting tequila with a limited, one-time-only production run of a unique Anniversario Extra Anejo Tequila.
This special edition Extra Anejo was aged 100 months in American White Oak barrels to bring out a unique Anejo flavor. It highlights 150 years of master tequila distilling.
Herradura 150 Anniversario Extra Anejo retails for around $500 per bottle and comes packaged in a tasteful blue case to highlight the Blue Weber Agave used in the distillation process.
It has notes of chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, and caramel. Its Extra Anejo is complex yet smooth and definitely shows off tequila distilling mastery.
AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto
Everything about AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto is dripping with Ricardo Gamarra’s signature style.
Everything is pure class, from the crystal decanter discovered in an 18th-century castle to the 12 years of double-barrel aging.
The bottle itself is adorned in a cedar humidor for perfect presentation to top off its excellence.
AsomBroso Reserva Del Porto uses Portuguese port barrels for aging. The tequila takes on a distinct boldness and oaky flavor from these barrels.
It’s semi-sweet, ultra-smooth, and silky while not overwhelming the floral and toffee mid-pallet range. A bottle will run $2,000 and is best straight to not taint the extraordinary flavor.
Casa Dragones Joven
Casa Dragones Joven is a crystal clear tequila that’s equal parts Blanco-smooth and extra-aged Anejo.
It’s a small-batch tequila, bottled in a clean, clear vessel to highlight the clarity of the liquor.
The average bottle is more affordable at around $300, but that doesn’t mean this sipping tequila is any less enjoyable.
Casa Dragones Joven won awards for its flavor, including Top Tequila by Forbes. Its rich and silky body provides a smooth reflection on the pallet.
Casa Dragones Joven has citrus flavors, and bright floral notes add complexity to an otherwise bright tequila. There are even discernable notes of pear as the sip finishes, which is remarkable.
Clase Azul Ultra Extra Anejo Tequila
The entire Azul Ultra Extra Anejo experience begins with the extremely luxurious decanter.
It’s a precious metal masterpiece with freehand drawn metal ink design, platinum, silver, 24 karat gold inlays, and deep black accenting color. The decanter alone is worth the $1,600 this tequila costs.
The fantastic decanter holds an equally elegant Ultra Extra Anejo tequila. It spends over five years aging to produce dried plums, cinnamon, caramel cream, and vanilla flavors.
Sipping this tequila pairs perfectly with rich smoked meats.
Casa San Matias Rey Sol Extra-Anejo Tequila
Tequila of the sun, or at least from the sun-shaped decanter, is some of the best tequila.
Casa San Matias Rey Sol Extra Anejo Tequila has a rich amber hue, with notes of dried fruit, butterscotch, and caramel on the nose. Each bottle averages $250 and is worth every penny!
Casa San Matias Rey Sol Extra-Anejo has caramel, vanilla, and organic spiced agave flavors only achieved through proper cooking before distilling.
A hint of heat and chocolate brings the flavor together for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario
Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario edition is an excellent blend that spends years in oak barrels and Spanish sherry casks.
It achieves proper taste worthy of celebrating 250 years of distilling tequila during that time. This exceptional tequila averages $2,000 per bottle with the hand-blown crystal decanter.
Initially, the 250 Aniversario has a smoky and sherry aroma, characteristic of an Ultra Anejo tequila. It has a prominent agave flavor, with smooth chocolate, butterscotch, and vanilla hints.
It even finishes with a creamy aftertaste for that luxurious sipping experience.