$7K Gin and $8K Sherry on sale

A distillery out of England has broken all known records by releasing a nine litre bottle of gin. Yes you read that right. According to some genius who has done the maths, there is enough gin in this behemoth to create a staggering 135 cocktails.

The enormous bottle is carrying a price tag of £5,000 ($7,000), and will be unveiled on March 10 this year, at Hedonism Winesin Mayfair in London, with Master Distiller Cory Mason conducting an exclusive tasting.

The bottle is hand-painted by artist Laura Barrett and reportedly draws inspiration from the actual Silent Pool, a lake that was at one time deemed to be sacred.

The gin itself is the signature product of the distillery and is “produced with 24 unique botanicals, Silent Pool Gin is a rich and clean juniper-driven spirit with floral layers of lavender and chamomile. Fresh notes of citrus and kafir lime are grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshingly individual” according to the distiller’s notes.

If gin isn’t your style, Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has released an £8,000 a bottle sherry that dates back to the 19th century.

With only 100 bottles in existence, the extremely limited Versos 1891 Sherry reportedly comes from a barrel that originally belonged to a former director of the company, Manuel Barbadillo.

The story has it that family tradition dictated that a cask of Amontillado Sherry was set aside for him as a christening present when he was born in 1891, and the sherry that it contained was already “very old”. There are a few other casks in the same vein, with Manuel’s four brothers each also receiving a cask.

According to the Drinks Business the casks were “designed for personal use” and “were drunk from and replenished over the years”. Which means that there is a blend of sherries that come from all years up until Manuel’s death in the mid-80s.

Sold in a crystal decanter, shaped like an inkwell, the sherry is also housed in a specially designed leather box, and is designed to capitalise on the newly created market for “luxury sherry”.

Of course, both of these bottles pale into insignificance next to the 2010 sale of a bottle of Tequila Ley for US$3.5million. Though, unlike the above spirits, the price tag on this product came from the bottle which featured 6,400 diamonds embedded in pure platinum.

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