World’s Most Expensive Brandy 2020

I think we’ve all watched movies or tv when a character pours a brandy and from some ridiculously expensive looking bottle. So what makes brandy so much different than other drinks? Let’s take a look and find out.

A Brief History Of Brandy

The rumor is that Brandy originated when a Dutch sailor tried to transport more wine by removing the water from the product. Sounds like a pretty smart idea to me. They called it “Bradwijn”, which means “burnt wine”. The idea was that the water would be added back in once they arrived at their destination. The drink quickly found an audience without adding the water back into it. This is the drink we now know as Brandy.

Brandy is generally made from grapes but you can also use other fruits as well. Brandies made from the wines or fermented mashes of other fruits are commonly identified by the specific fruit name. You can have an apple, blackberry, and raspberry brandies. There are a large number of brandies produced. 

Cognac is essentially the same as brandy. However, Cognac is restricted to being produced in the Cognac region of France. Brandy, on the other hand, can be made anywhere. 

A Drink Loved By The World

Though it was discovered by a Dutch sailor, Brandy is predominantly made in France because of the large availability of grapes. Since most Brandy is made from wine, and wine is made from grapes it makes sense. However, it has fans all over the world like Sylvia Plath and John Steinbeck who no doubt kicked back a few while working on their masterpiece poems and literary works.  

If you’ve never had brandy before I bet you’ve probably heard of it before and probably from an unexpected place. Rap and Hip Hop. Brands like Courvoisier, Remy Martin, and Hennessy are widely talked about in their songs. As a matter of Fact P. Diddy and Busta Rhymes have a hit song called “Pass The Courvoisier” released in 2001. If that isn’t a huge endorsement then I don’t know what would be. 

Most Expensive Brandy In The World

Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 

750ml

$40,499.99

Per liquorstore-online.com “Louis XIII Rare Cask is a supremely rare cask of Rémy Martin selected by cellar master Pierrette Trichet. This second edition of Louis XIII Rare Cask has been bottled in 738 Baccarat black crystal decanters and is designated 42. 6, a reference to the liquid’s unadulterated alcohol content”

Hardy Le Printemps Lalique Cognac Grande Champagne

700ml

$13,053. 03

Per premiersgrandscrus.com “This Cognac is a blend of small batches originating exclusively from Grande Champagne territories, classified Premier Cru from the Cognac region, and carefully selected by Armand Hardy at the end of the Second World War. The Crystal carafe is displayed in a cask exclusively created for the Hardy House by Lalique Paris, a famous House of crystal unique masterpieces. The cap sculptured in crystal is almond green, a discreet reminder of the Lalique-Paris House’s creations in the beginning of the 20th century. The carafe was placed in a precious round cask made of white and pastel leather, with an opening on the front.”

1810’s Bottle of Vintage Cognac from the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo 1810’s

750ml

$1634.94

This wonderful Cognac makes an ideal gift. It comes in a luxury wooden box.

Hennessy Paradis Imperial Decanter

750ml

$3,628.97

Per winechateu.com “An impressive 2011 release from Hennessy, the Paradis Imperial is a blend of rare 19th and 20th century cognacs inspired by the cognac that the company created in 1818 for Tsar Alexander I as a present from his mother. It’s packaged in an elegant crystal decanter designed by Stephanie Balini and features an 18-carat gold plated label.The nose reveals itself with the freshness of the first flowers of summer, as the most subtle perfumes waft through the air with a faultless finesse: spring essences, jasmine and orange flower swirl in a bouquet of remarkable intensity. The floral notes return on the palate, unremittingly, continually revealing new tones of expression.Inspired by the legend of an 1818 order of a unique blend of rare cognacs for Tsar Alexander I of Russia, Hennessy’s Master Blender Yann Fillioux has created Paradis Imperial in 2011.This cognac of great stature is characterised by a great finesse. Comprised of eaux-de-vie aged between 30 and 130 years old, one must enjoy Paradis Imperial slowly, in order to fully appreciate the finesse of every single drop.”

Recipes Using Brandy

Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander

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Ingredients

1 ½ oz Cognac
1 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
1 oz Cream

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
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Brandy Cocktail

Brandy Cocktail

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Ingredients

2 ounces Brandy
½ ounce Curaçao (orange liqueur)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Garnish: lemon peel

Instructions

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the brandy, curaçao, and bitters.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon peel.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Brandy Daisy

Brandy Daisy

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Ingredients

2 ounces Brandy
2 dashes Rum
2 to 3 dashes Curaçao
3 to 4 dashes Simple Syrup
1/2 Lemon (juiced)
1 ounce Soda Water

Instructions

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the brandy, rum, curaçao, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Metropolitan

Metropolitan

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Ingredients

2 ounces Brandy
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
½ teaspoon Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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