Rare Bottles: 3 Types of Alcohol That Are Hard to Find

Anything that’s worth waiting for can also be difficult to track down — and the same goes for alcohol. While cheap beer is pretty much a rite of passage for anyone who hasn’t sworn off alcohol, every once in a while, special occasions call for the finer things in life.

Of course, there are bottles whose prices skyrocket, displaying six figure price tags (which is pretty silly, in our opinion), but what about the rest of us who don’t have our own private jets, but still want to splurge on our favorite kind of booze? If you have discerning taste and appreciate the finer things in life, try getting your hands on any of these three types of alcohol.

1. Pappy Van Winkle

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Rare whiskey | Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery


Produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., one of the hardest bottles of bourbon to find and purchase, Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year is a very rare, limited edition bourbon, of which each barrel ages for 23 years. Fans can use the twitter handle @pappytracker to track bottles so people can locate them.

A small batch Kentucky distiller, Pappy is widely considered to produce the best bourbon in the country. When it sold its 2015 batch of 23-year-old reserve, people lined up overnight in hopes of snagging a bottle. You can find bottles for sale, but you’ll pay more than $2,000.

Best way to get it: Buy a ticket for this year’s lottery and keep your fingers crossed.

2. Screaming Eagle Wine

Glass of wine | Source: iStock

Screaming Eagle Winery is located in Oakville, Calif., and produces varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc. With such limited amounts of wine available, ranging from 400 to 750 cases annually, this wine-drinkers’ club is so exclusive that the only way to get a bottle is by landing a coveted spot on the winery’s list. And good luck even getting on that — it’s not uncommon to spend several years on the wait list before even getting access to the product.

How to know it’s the real deal: Screaming Eagle bottles have been applied with a bubble coded security system which enables the verification of authenticity. The label is placed between the foil and the bottle, creating a security seal that cannot be detached without the seal and the foil being visibly damaged.

3. Clase Azul Tequila

Clase Azul

For the tequila afficionado | Source: Clase Azul

At around $2,000 a bottle, Clase Azul Ultra has been aged for five years in ex-sherry casks and is bottled in hand-crafted ceramic decanters. Claiming to be the world’s most luxurious tequila, Clase Azul is only produced in numbered batches of 100 bottles.

One-of-a-kind presentation: Each decanter takes two weeks to create, featuring a 24k gold label and hand-painted with pure liquid platinum by Mexico’s most talented artisans.

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