The drink brandy received its name from the city of Cognac in France. The geographical boundaries of the area where brandy production is allowed, the production technology, and the name “Cognac” itself are strictly defined, regulated, and established by numerous legislative acts. Brandy is an inherently French product. The only brandy in the world that has received permission to be called “Cognac” was brandy produced at the Nikolai Shustov distilleries in Yerevan.
In total, there are more than 20,000 brandy houses registered in the world. Below is a list of the most expensive brandies in the world.
1 Brandy Henri IV, Cognac Grande Champagne, price $1,875,000
This is the most expensive brandy in the world. The recipe dates back to 1776. This brandy is prepared by direct descendants of King Henry IV, and each batch of Henri IV brandy is aged in barrels for more than 100 years. It is bottled in a 24-carat gold bottle adorned with 6,500 diamonds and other precious stones.
2 Brandy Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac, price $187,500
Simply turn the bronze key, and the Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac bottle slowly emerges on a tray along with glasses. The brandy in the bottle is surrounded by mirrors, and the decoration is in aluminum. The blend is made from Hennessy brandy stocks aged from 47 to 100 years.
3 Brandy Remy Martin Cognac Black Pearl Louis XIII, price $51,560
When you taste Remy Martin Cognac Black Pearl Louis XIII, you are actually tasting about 1200 flavors from 40 to 100-year-old brandies blended together. The brandy has aromas of flowers, fruits, and spices, with ginger, cinnamon, and Cuban cigars being the most prominent.
4 Brandy Hardy Perfection 140 years, price $12,100
Presumably, this is the oldest documented brandy in the world, aged for 140 years. The availability of this brandy is limited. It is an extremely rare brandy with flavors of coffee, chocolate, and oak.
5 Brandy Johnnie Walker: Le Voyage de Delamain, price $7,400
A blend of brandies from Delamain and Le Voyage was poured into crystal decanters of 500 ml, most of which were quickly bought or reserved by collectors. Rumor has it that the brandy has a complex taste that starts with hints of tobacco and leather and transitions to coffee and Eastern spices.
6 Brandy Martell Creation Cognac In Handcarved Baccarat Decanter, price $7,000
The rare Martell brandy was an innovation with a new recipe in the early 19th century. The brandy has a smooth taste that begins with dried fruits and marmalade and finishes with notes of walnuts and cedar.
7 Brandy Frapin Cuvée 1888, price $6,000
A rare blend of brandies from Frapin’s reserves, bottled in a cork made of 24-carat gold, in an intricate crystal decanter that resembles an artifact from Shakespeare’s time. The floral flavor combines with sweet spices, honey, and vanilla.
8 Brandy Hine Triomphe Talent De Thomas Hine Crystal Decanter, price $5,625
Each bottle of the elite Talent de Thomas brandy is poured into a Baccarat decanter and placed in a special humidor made of Maccasar ebony, helping preserve its delicate floral aroma.
9 Brandy Jenssen Arcana, price $5,150
The aging of this brandy is 98 years in oak barrels. Brandy Jenssen Arcana has an extremely concentrated and rich flavor. The brandy is stored in barrels.
10 Brandy Courvoisier L’Esprit Decanter, price $4,687
Made from a blend of different brandies, some dating back to the time of Napoleon I. Courvoisier L’Esprit Decanter brandy has aromas of cinnamon, currants, and flowers. The taste is powerful but initially has a soft aftertaste.