6 of the Oldest (and Most Expensive) Alcohols

on 08/09/10 at 6:21 pm

Booze News

For most, the joyous recovery of ancient alcohol means “finding a forgotten Bud in the back of the fridge.” But a lucky few get to taste truly ancient elixirs, like a sailing team led by Christian Ekstrom, which discovered 30 bottles of hundreds-of-decades-old champagne on a wrecked ship between Sweden and Finland.

They brought one bottle back to verify the wreck’s age, then “verified” the champagne as well. With each bottle expected to fetch $68,000 at auction, the happy crew were swallowing $1,000 a mouthful.

That’s true luxury — sailing on a boat, drinking an irreplaceable alcohol from 1780 just because you can.

Keep reading for five more of the world’s oldest alcohols.