The Most Expensive Tequila in the World Costs More Than a Mansion

Mexican gold tequila in a shot glass with lime and pink salt on a wooden board, gray concrete background. Side view, selective focus.
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Written by Alanna Davis

Updated: October 22, 2023

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It’s no secret that certain top-shelf spirits cost a pretty penny. The average consumer is willing to spend between roughly $100 and $350 on a bottle of liquor for a special occasion. However, it’s not uncommon for certain fine, aged liquors to cost a few thousand dollars per bottle. Brands like Louis XIII and Bowmore cater to a wealthy base, offering bottles of scotch and cognac in the range of $3,000 to $5,000. Despite the fact that there isn’t a large demographic of people shopping within this price range, certain spirits can climb even higher in price.

A bottle of Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection recently sold at auction for a staggering $600,000. Despite this incredible price, the most expensive tequila in the world makes this number look like child’s play. Ley Tequila .925 Diamante currently holds the world record for the world’s most expensive bottle of tequila. With a price tag of 3.5 million dollars, this number is more than double the average price of a mansion in America. Spending this much money on a bottle of liquor is unfathomable for most consumers. Let’s dive into the history of this tequila and discover why it fetches such an insane price tag.

The History of Ley Tequila .925 Diamante

Field of blue agave plants in Mexico

Only agave grown in Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas can create tequila.

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Although Ley Tequila 925 Diamante is technically the world’s most expensive bottle of tequila, it has never actually sold. Although the same company that produces Ley Tequila .925 Diamante, Tequila Ley .925, does hold the record for the most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold. The Platinum White and Gold Tequila claimed this world record when a private collector purchased this bottle for $225,000. The producers of Ley Tequila .925 Diamante brought it to auction several times and failed to attract bidders. As such, they elected to open this bottle in 2017 during a fundraiser.

The tequila is among the highest quality on the market, but that only makes up a fraction of the cost. The bottle itself is a work of art, and what it consists of explains the hefty price tag. A team of ceramic artists and jewelers spent 10 months workshopping the design for this bottle. The bottle consists of over four pounds of pure platinum and white gold. In addition, the exterior is encrusted with more than 4,000 white diamonds. That being said, the materials used and the craftsmanship are where most of the value is derived.

How Does Ley Tequila .925 Diamante Taste?

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Ley Tequila 925 Diamante is over 30,000 times more expensive than the average bottle of tequila.

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A bottle of tequila that costs 3.5 million dollars better do more than just look good, right? Well, luckily the tequila on the inside of this opulent bottle is just as luxurious as the outside. According to Tequila Ley .925, the liquor inside is extra añejo tequila, which consists of 100% Blue Weber agave. As part of the process, “the agave is slow roasted before being distilled two times using copper pot stills to create a smooth and complex flavor profile. This tequila is then aged for up to seven years in French oak barrels, resulting in a rich and elegant taste with hints of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak.”

The complex and deep blend of flavors has impressed those who have sampled it. With some calling it a “treat for the senses,” it’s hard not to be curious about how it tastes. For readers who are interested in trying this tequila for yourselves, we have good news for you. The liquor inside this impressive bottle is available for purchase separately. For roughly $100, Tequila Ley .925 offers their extra añejo in a plain glass bottle. A simple search online yields dozens of suppliers who are ready to ship this bottle to your door.

Final Thoughts

At its heart, Ley Tequila .925 Diamante is more of a collector’s item than anything else. The artisans who spent their time and expertise designing this bottle combined with the materials used are what justify the insane cost. For most consumers, it’s not worth the price tag, even for those who may be able to afford it.

If you’re looking for all the same flavor without breaking the bank, the tequila inside the fancy bottle can be purchased on its own for a fraction of the cost. However, if you’re a wealthy tequila-lover, this is a great conversation piece to add to your assortment of rare and expensive liquors.


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Alanna is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering insects, animals, and travel. In addition to writing, she spends her time tutoring English and exploring the east end of Long Island. Prior to receiving her Bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University, Alanna spent much of her time studying entomology and insect biology.

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