Top 10 world’s most expensive vodkasBy Amy Hopkins
Vodka is a spirit category inherently associated with hedonism and bling, but these are some of the world’s most expensive vodka bottles.
From US$1,000 to over US$1 million, there is an array of pricey vodkas out there to entice flashy consumers with bulging wallets.
Some brands claim their hefty price tag derives from the uniqueness of the liquid, though, for most, packaging displaying a plethora of rare crystals and gold plates dictates price.
Despite the fact that many vodka producers are now turning away from the “bling factor” as their main marketing tool, instead appealing to heritage and provenance, luxurious bejewelled editions are still coveted items among the world’s wealthiest.
But which are the world’s 10 most expensive vodkas? Click through the following pages to find out.
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Swedish vodka brand Absolut launched just 800 bottles of its Absolut Crystal limited edition, costing US$1,000, across duty free stores in 2010.
Created by swedish design duo Skogsberg & Smart, all decanters were hand-blown, hand-cut and hand-engraved. Each one is also numbered from 1 to 800.
The following year, Absolut released just 10 decanters of its special edition Absolut Black Pinstripe Crystal, costing US$1,113.
Alizé Rose Valentine’s Day edition
Liqueurs and Cognac producer Alizé launched a limited edition bottle of its Rose expression – a blend of French vodka, VS cognac, passion fruit and strawberry fruit juices, lychee and rose – in 2007.
Created in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the bottle features an abundance of pink and white Swarovski crystals.
Each bottle, costing US$2,000, is said to have taken almost 100 hours to create.
elit by Stolichnaya
In October 2013, Stolichnaya launched a limited edition expression made from New Zealand spring water and bottled in rare crystal: elit by Stolichnaya The New Zealand Edition.
Just 3,000 bottles were made available globally following an initial launch at the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes.
The release, which formed part of Stolichnaya’s elit pristine water series, features a French Royale de Champagne crystal bottle contained New Zealand-native Kauri wood.
Iordanov Vodka Decadence Version
German brand Iordanov Vodka launched its ‘Decadence Version’ bottle in March 2011, costing US$4,117.
Decorated with 8,000 Swarovski crystals, the colour of each bottle varies depending on the flavour of the vodka inside.
Iordanov Vodka is usually contained in bottles displaying a crystal skull imgage and comes in flavors such as citron, grapefruit, orange, currant, wild cherry and cranberry.
Oval Vodka with Swarovski crystals
Oval Vodka also enlisted the services of Swarovski to created a crystal-encrusted limited edition bottle in 2008.
Covered in 7000 precious gems, the bottle was made available for sale across exclusive London nightclubs at a cost of US$6,922.
The bottle was featured in an expensive rotating LCD display unit, called “The Glorifier”.
Belvedere Vodka’s Belver Bears
In 2011, super-premium Belvedere Vodka unveiled a limited edition run of ‘Belver Bears’ in exclusive locations throughout France.
Designed by singer-songwriter and DJ Jean-Roch, the unique can also be hung on walls and has backlights to illuminate it.
Imperial Collection Vodka faberge eggs
Russian vodka brand Imperial Collection launched its vodka carafes in the shape of faberge eggs in the UK three years ago.
Crafted by Russian artisans using enamel, crystals, and 24-carat gold gilding, the eggs are modelled on the world-famous jewelled eggs created by master goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé over a century ago.
Housed inside is a decanter, four Venetian glasses, and a bottle of super premium vodka made from homegrown wheat and rye.
Each egg is topped by a golden eagle designed by a Florentine master jeweller who has worked in the Vatican for over 30 years.
Gold-plated eggs carry an RRP of US$9,502, while coloured enamel eggs are priced US$4,411.
Breaking into the US$1 million vodka territory is Diva vodka, billed as the “world’s most glamorous vodka”.
Ice filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and then filtered again through sand peppered with precious and semi-precious stones, Diva Vodka’s packaging reflects its filtration process.
A sparkling wand containing Swarovski crystals runs through the centre of the bottle that can be used “as a garnish”.
Produced by military car manufacturer Russo-Baltique, this vodka brand is said to replicate the radiator of a Russo-Baltic car driven by a journalist from Russia to Monaco in 1911.
Russo-Baltique Vodka was first created in 2008 with funding from Kazakhstan royalty, to mark the centenary of the opening of the Russo-Baltique car factory.
The brand-owner claims that Russo-Baltique Vodka is not for drinking because “it is the brand of the vodka to be received by succession” and should be “part of the family artwork collections”.
Decorated with white and yellow gold, the bottling also features a diamond-encrusted Russian Imperial eagle at its head.
Billionaire Vodka is officially the world’s most expensive vodka, topping the countdown at a cool US$3.75 million.
“Billionaire Vodka embodies everything the vodka experience has come to represent and does so quintessentially with smooth, vivacious opulence,” says the brand.
The vodka is first ice-filtered, then filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and lastly passed through sand made from crushed diamonds and gems.
It is then poured into a platinum and rhodium encased, diamond encrusted crystal bottle created by luxury designer, Leon Verres. The neckband is encrusted with channel set diamonds.