Taste the World’s Rarest and Most Expensive Liquors
At The One Ounce Club
By Alona Abbady Martinez
Imagine experiencing the world’s rarest and most expensive spirits one ounce at a time. That is precisely what The One Ounce Club, launched in the summer of 2017, invites its guests to imbibe. Unlike most elite clubs, there’s no membership requirement for joining, just an interest in tasting high-end beverages, and, with the most expensive pour, the Hardy Perfection Cognac, priced at $888 an ounce, a willingness to spend big bucks to do so.
Featured spirits include exclusive offerings and special editions, such as Pappy Van Winkle 25, Johnnie Walker Blue Label “Year of the Monkey,” Glenmorangie Pride 1974, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century, Hennessy Paradis Imperial Cognac, Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, and Gran Patrón Burdeos, among others. Prices range from $23 to $720 per ounce.
The club is in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located in Hollywood, Florida, just minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. It was created as part of the beverage program for the property’s award-winning steakhouse, Council Oak. Named after the sacred oak tree on the Seminole reservation where tribe leaders would meet regularly to discuss tribal business, Council Oak is home to a number of high-priced bottles only the biggest of spenders would purchase—think Hennessy Paradis Imperial at $9,000 and Johnnie Walker & Sons “Odyssey” at $3,000. It also houses some of the rarest bottles, like one of only 710 bottles of the limited edition Pappy Van Winkle, which can be enjoyed by the ounce for $495. Pappy Van Winkle 25 is the oldest and most expensive bourbon bottle produced by the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. Distilled in 1989, the bourbon was stored at the Van Winkle family distillery before it was moved to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2002 where it continued to age for another 12 years.
“Our Pappy Van Winkle collection is among our most coveted options,” Juan Horta, the restaurant’s esteemed sommelier, explained. “We have the 10-year, 12-year, 13-year, up to the limited edition 25-year. The Macallan 25 is also one of our popular pours. We find that our guests really enjoy the whiskey and cognac selections of The One Ounce Club. We also offer great high-end and rare vodka and rum bottles.”
For those that favor mixed drinks, the program also includes two premium cocktails featuring the exclusive libations. French for “13”, the Treize ($195) features Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, Ciroc X “Ten” Vodka, Grand Marnier and Eiswein. The ingredients are mixed, stirred and poured tableside and topped with an elegant 24k gold flake garnish. For a lavish riff on a classic, the Smoked Rare Manhattan ($95) features Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Whisky, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, orange bitters, sugar cube and smoked cinnamon sticks. The cocktail is then mixed, smoked tableside and poured over an ice sphere.
Juan Horta stumbles when trying to pinpoint his favorite pour. “With so many great bottles, it’s difficult to choose a favorite. One I really like is the 1824 Series of Macallan. There are very few places in Florida that offer this bottle and we’re proud that Council Oak is one of them.”