What’s the most you can drop on a bottle of bourbon? At Wine-Searcher, Don Kavanagh reveals the 10 costliest offerings by average price.
The bourbon category offers great value, Kavanagh notes. Yes, the prices you’re about to see will probably make your eyes water, but the richest Scotch still costs 10 times more than the most extravagant bourbon. Also, though Buffalo Trace Distillery accounts for four of the five priciest bottles here, it’s less dominant than on other bourbon lists, Kavanagh adds.
Make ours a Double Eagle
No. 1 is Eagle Rare Double Eagle Very Rare Kentucky straight bourbon, with an average price of $20,440 as of July 11. The release of the 90-proof spirit was limited to 299 decanters, which light up when you open their silver box. Let’s hope so.
In second place: another Kentucky bourbon from Buffalo Trace, Old Rip Van Winkle 25-year-old. “Using wheat rather than rye in the mash bill, the Van Winkle range is highly sought-after and reassuringly expensive,” Kavanagh says. This bottle’s average price has climbed some $5,000 over the past year, to $20,160 on July 11.
Taking third is Buffalo Trace O.F.C. Bourbon, whose average price has veered the other way, from almost $17,000 last August to $10,735 as of July 11. We know a bargain when we see one.