Welcome, mezcal enthusiasts and aficionados! Join us on a fascinating journey as we delve into the realm of exceptional mezcals that command higher price tags. In this article, we unveil the unique stories and characteristics of 10 mezcal bottles that stand out for their elevated prices. Let’s explore the intriguing reasons behind the exclusivity and value of these remarkable mezcal offerings.
List: The 10 most expensive mezcals on the market
- Olvido Divino 30 Unique Edition – $900
- Wahaka VdM Puebla Pechuga – $500
- Clase Azul Guerrero – $500
- Mezcales Únicos Montana – $460
- Wahaka VdM Durango Cenizo – $400
- Clase Azul Durango – $400
- Pescador de Sueños Cuishito “Claw Edition” – $390
- La Leyenda NFT Reposado – $370
- Dos Hombres Tobalá – $350
- Mezcal de Leyendas Reservas de la Biosfera Cuicatlán Tehuacán – $330
There you have it, the 10 most expensive mezcal bottles to date. But what gives them such a tag? Let’s look into each bottle and find out.
1. Olvido Divino 30 Unique Edition – $900
Why It’s Expensive: Olvido Divino 30 Unique Edition will cost you $900 due to its extraordinary aging process and story. Distilled in 1984 (!), this mezcal was accidentally aged for a remarkable 30 years in European oak barrels. The name “Olvido Divino” translates to “divine forgetfulness,” alluding to the the fact that the batch was literally forgotten in the warehouse for three decades.
This unique story and limited availability make it a highly sought-after mezcal among collectors and enthusiasts. With only 696 bottles released, you can call yourself lucky to get a hand on one.
2. Wahaka VdM Puebla Pechuga – $500
Why It’s Expensive: VdM Puebla Pechuga is a mezcal that embraces the traditional “pechuga” style of production. During the final distillation, chicken breast and traditional Mexican dish mole are added, imparting unique flavors and nuances to the mezcal.
With only 46 bottles produced in Puebla, this mezcal becomes a true rarity for collectors and enthusiasts.
3. Clase Azul Guerrero – $500
Why It’s Expensive: Clase Azul is well known for its incredibly high price levels in the tequila realm. The stated reasons for that are the use of only the finest ingredients and the traditional, labor-intensive production process. Two other reasons that need to be mentioned are todays premium brand recognition and the limited production numbers.
This mezcal is produced in Guerrero and utilizes a quite rare agave type: papalote. The unique Clase Azul bottles make it stand out in every mezcal shelf.
4. Mezcales Únicos Montana – $460
Why It’s Expensive: Mezcales Únicos Montana stands out for its use of the rare and distinctive agave montana, which grows exclusively in the hidden valleys of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Tamaulipas. This mezcal marks the first-ever distillation of this particular agave species, making it truly unique and sought-after.
The limited availability and the efforts to cultivate and conserve this extraordinary agave contribute to its higher price point, appealing to collectors and agave enthusiasts who appreciate the opportunity to taste something truly exclusive and unique.
5. Wahaka VdM Durango Cenizo – $400
Why It’s Expensive: VdM Durango Cenizo is a mezcal that pays homage to the traditional production methods of the past. While not certified as mezcal, this liquor is made with the same ingredients and crafted with the utmost care. VdM stands for “Vino de mezcal” and what sets it apart is the labor-intensive process of hand-crushing the agave, eschewing the use of animal-powered tahona or mechanical methods.
This artisanal approach and the focus on preserving traditional techniques make VdM Durango Cenizo a distinctive and highly valued mezcal.
6. Clase Azul Durango – $400
Why It’s Expensive: Just like the Clase Azul Guerrero mezcal, the Durango version highlights and celebrates the unique conditions in this state. The cenizo agave is typical for Durango a rare and valuable agave species. This, the high quality and artisanal production process as well as the premium brand recognition give this bottle a premium price tag of $400.q
7. Pescador de Sueños Cuishito “Claw Edition” – $390
Why It’s Expensive: Cuishito “The Claw Edition” from Pescador de Sueños has a truly unique look. With only 100 bottles produced, each packaged in a unique ceramic “claw” bottle, it becomes an instant collector’s item. Additionally, this mezcal undergoes a one-year aging process in glass, which adds depth and harmony to its flavors. The rarity of the “cuishito” agave, the limited edition packaging, and the special aging technique combine to create a highly sought-after mezcal with an elevated price tag.
8. La Leyenda NFT Reposado – $370
Why It’s Expensive: This reposado distinguishes itself not only for its mezcal qualities but also for its innovative approach. The brand has ventured into the world of web 3 projects, combining NFTs (non-fungible tokens) with mezcal.
Each buyer of La Leyenda Reposado is issued an NFT membership, providing access to VIP events and exclusive benefits. While the mezcal itself is made from blue agave in a style similar to tequila, its connection to the unique NFT project and the exclusive perks associated with it contribute to its higher price point.
9. Dos Hombres Tobalá – $350
Why It’s Expensive: Dos Hombres Tobalá is the brainchild of renowned actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, known for their roles in Breaking Bad. While they might be good at playing genius chemists, one might say they have not mastered the mezcal production chemistry yet.
However, if you are a true fan of the show or its actors, you might find value in this limited release. You can definitely find mezcal of similar or higher quality at a price point of $100-150 though.
10. Mezcal de Leyendas Reservas de la Biosfera Cuicatlán Tehuacán – $330
Why It’s Expensive: Reservas de la Biosfera Cuicatlán Tehuacán is a mezcal that celebrates the unique origin of its agave. Made from agave sourced from the renowned cactus reserve on the border of Puebla and Oaxaca, this mezcal showcases the custodians’ permission to harvest the agave, adding an element of exclusivity.
The connection to the protected biosphere and the efforts to preserve the natural environment make this mezcal a testament to sustainability and conservation, contributing to its higher price point.