What are the most expensive vodkas in the world? The $7.25 million-priced bottle called Billionaire Vodka from Leon Verres dominates out list, with Royal Dragon vodka’s $5.5 million bottle dubbed The Eye of the Dragon coming in at a close second. Here’s a quick look at the priciest vodka brands this 2018:
Vodka, pronounced as vod-kuh, is largely portrayed in the media as a luxury drink served at gatherings attended by wealthy individuals, including celebrities and high-class businessmen. However, this drink has humble beginnings. Even the word vodka translates to “Little Water” in either the Russian or Polish language.
The origins of vodka is largely debated upon by historians, with many claiming it was either produced in Sweden hundreds of years ago or was made in Moscow during the early 15th century. Regardless who started it first, vodka was first and foremost used as a medicine for treating various ailments. Fast forward to the present time and people now drink vodka for leisure and to celebrate significant occasions. With this, it isn’t a surprise to see the number of vodka consumers reaching 43 million in Spring 2017. Alocohol sales, including vodka, might have been declining at a fast pace in previous years, but it undoubtedly remains a profitable business.
Contributing to the popularity of vodka to both the mainstream and high-class market are the variety of flavors on offer. These range from fun flavors such as raspberry and blueberry to incredibly bizarre ones such as bacon and peanut butter and jelly. Even the classic vodka can taste different depending on the brand purchased from due to the various distillation processes, with some brands on our most expensive list using diamonds to filter the contents.
Without further ado, here are the most expensive vodkas of 2018:
Starting off our most expensive vodkas list is a limited edition bottle from OVAL. With its exquisite, shiny appearance, it’s sure to catch more eyes than your everyday jewelry. It is studded with 7,000 Swarovski crystals to cover all sides of the bottle, thus upping the price to a whopping $6,922.
While the high price is mainly attributed to its expensive crystals, OVAL is no slouch when it comes to delivering a unique, premium-tasting vodka. The company is well-known for having an ultra-smooth textured and easy to indulge vodka thanks to its unique structuring process of surrounding its 100% pure wheat alcoholic content with water.
Launched back in 2011 during the Cannes Film Festival, Belver Bears is a cute, posh limited edition vodka made out of a translucent plexiglass bottle. The bottle is equipped with backlights, making it a fancy attraction at parties. It can also be hung for display, which means you can have a creepy glowing bear in a dark corner of your room. Polish company Belvedere designed this detailed bottle in collaboration with singer and songwriter DJ Jean-Roch.
Belvedere Vodka is a premium, top shelf brand known for its intensely smooth and mouth-watering taste. The brand is known for distilling vodka four times while retaining the rich flavor.
Absolut Vodka collaborated with Swedish designers Magnus Skosberg and Mimi Smart to create a simple, yet sophisticated vodka bottle with a handicraft theme. It is made out of high-quality crystal from Sweden’s Reijmyre Glassworks. The Absolut Crystal Pinstripe Black Bottle, along with two accompanying crystal tumblers, are packaged inside a treasure chest made out of pinstripe fabric. Only 10 pieces of these were ever created. A cheaper, non-black version was previously released for $1,500.
Absolut Vodka is one of the most popular vodka products after it aggressively advertised as a premium brand. The company exclusively distills hard winter wheat and they carry an assortment of flavored Vodkas to tickle the fancy of all individuals.
Kors Vodka 24K George V Limited Edition is more than just a highly priced luxury product for the wealthy. With this $24,000-worth item, you’ll get a chance to taste a piece of history from the early 1900’s. Encased inside the handcrafted bottle made out of crystal and designed with 24 karat gold is an ancient recipe ordered by Russia’s Czar Nicholas II who was then searching to create the perfect-tasting vodka. This involved a painstaking process of distilling with solid gold pipes and infusing with diamonds. Nicholas II shared this recipe with cousin George V. Kors Vodka replicated this recipe, and only 250 bottles were ever released.
Russo-Baltique stands apart from the luxury market filled with designers of fashion products. Russo-Baltique was one of the first Russian car manufacturers in the early 1900’s. The company eventually ventured to create authentic-tasting Russian vodka that only the privileged few can afford.
The $740,000-priced Russo-Baltique vodka is encased in a 20-pound solid, pure gold case designed to mimic the design of the classic automobiles created by the company. Sitting on top of the flask cap made out of gold is a diamond-encrusted Russian Imperial double headed eagle. If you were able to snag one of these 10 elegantly designed bottles back in 2011, you would have received a free Dartz Prombron Iron Diamond SUV.
We’re just halfway through our most expensive vodkas list of 2018 and we already have reached the one million dollar mark. Fifth in our list is DIVA Premium vodka. In addition to distilling its premium English Vodka several times for a smooth taste, the contents are also filtered with precious stones for that authentic luxury taste. The precious crystals stored inside the bottle can also be removed for gifting to friends or storing as a keepsake. Like many other vodka brands in this list, the DIVA Premium vodka has a very smooth premium taste marketed to the rich, high-flying crowd.
Car lovers will be entranced with the most expensive voka from Russo-Baltique. This $1.3-million worth vodka, which was crafted to commemorate the the company’s 100th anniversary, is encased inside a uniquely designed bulletproof glass bottle with a flask made out of the radiator guards from vintage Russo-Baltique automobiles. With its exquisite appearance, it isn’t a surprise that popular streaming platform Netflix series was proud to debut the Russo-Baltique in one of its top series, House of Cards.
This $1.3 million-worth Russo-Baltique also caught headlines when one of the bottles was stolen by an unknown suspect in Copenhagen, Denmark. The bottle was placed on a loan in Copenhagen’s Cafe 33, a vodka museum that has a collection of 1,200 vodka bottles, and footage of the store’s CCTV caught the suspect rushing in to grab the Russo-Baltique vodka. By some miracle, it was eventually found empty in a construction site in Denmark. Nonetheless, the bottle was simply refilled by the cafe’s owner and stated that his stolen Russo-Baltique is still valued for the same price.
True to its name, the Billionaire Vodka is a fancy and authentic Russian drink only the richest of the rich can afford. Launched back in 2012 by Leon Verres, this product previously topped our list thanks to its lavish filtration process: making the purest of the pure and smoothest Russian recipe and makes its vodka content flow over real diamonds. The five liter Vodka-filled bottle comes alongside a PETA-friendly white faux fur. This edition has already sold out and Verres soon came up with a more expensive item for luxury item seekers.
The Eye of the Dragon vodka is a sight to behold. With dragons symbolizing wealth and good fortune, it’s no surprise that Hong Kong-based Dutch company Royal Dragon vodka chose to create a bottle with a meticulously crafted dragon studded with millions-worth of diamonds. In addition to its 50-karat intense yellow diamonds, the six-liter bottle has around 15,000 diamonds weighing 4.5 pounds of solid 18-karat gold. Encased in the bottle is one of the smoothest vodka available on the market, and this was done by charcoal distilling the finest winter rye five times.
Topping our top 10 most expensive vodka list is the 2015 iteration of Leon Verres’ Billionaire Vodka. This one of the finest way to demonstrate your wealth, as it comes decorated with almost two thousand diamonds set in gold. The bottle is dressed with a deep black faux fur for a guilt-free touch of royalty. Similar to Verres’ 3.7 million-worth luxury product, you’ll get to know what diamonds taste like, as the 18-liter iteration contains vodka made from an original Russian recipe and is filtered with diamonds. Those who coudn’t afford this highly-priced item had the chance to purchase the less expensive 0.7 liter frosted-bottled Diamond Edition that comes with six sparkling diamonds and a golden dog tag that its limited quantity.
However, those looking to purchase the Diamond Edition for themselves are out of luck. Despite its high price tag, the entire Diamond Edition line has already sold out, and Verres will soon release a new expensive version with a LED light system.
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