Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 French Cognac

Good things often come in unforgettable packages. So whether you’re looking for a unique gift or just a conversation starter, these liquors all send the right message before the first sip is poured.

It’s probably been a few years, or even a decade or two, since a bottle of liquor blew your mind simply because there were gold flakes floating inside it. Maybe it’s been just as long since you brought back a bottle of tequila from Mexico shaped like the mescal worm because you thought it would be the ultimate centerpiece for your coffee table. Today’s premium liquor distillers recognize that their customers not only expect libations that offer taste and satisfaction, they are also constantly on the lookout for vessels that speak to them. Whether it’s a reward for themselves, a unique gift, or something to share among the most special of friends, it’s all about distinction; the bottle and its contents must stay on the mind long after the final pour. These nine offerings all have the swagger, both inside and out, to satisfy today’s sophisticated liquor enthusiast. Cheers!


Baccarat designed the crystal decanter that houses Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6. Just 738 bottles of the cognac, sourced from one unique, century-old barrel, were produced.

At $22,000, the Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 French Cognac represents the ultimate pairing of elixir and vessel. All 738 bottles are sourced to one unique barrel that was discovered in 2009 among the hundreds of century-old tierçons that become Louis XIII. Its black crystal decanter, complete with a 22-karat rose gold neck and engraved quatrefoils patterns, was created by Baccarat. rare-cask.com

Veuve Clicquot has dazzled the world for years with unique accessories for their famous Yellow Label Champagne. This year, they continue that tradition with two special offerings. The Veuve Clicquot Metal Fridge ($55) is a chic case inspired by a classic 1950s-style refrigerator. Designed by famed French interior designer Cédric Ragot, Naturally Clicquot ($50) is an eco-friendly case composed of 100 percent
biodegradable materials. Both cases can keep a bottle of Yellow Label chilled for up to two hours. veuve-clicquot.com

Champagne has always paired well with art, and Champagne Pommery’s POP Art Collection is the textbook reflection of that relationship. Collaborating with different artists on an annual basis — Chilean artist Federica Matta’s whimsical illustrations are shown above — this six-pack of quarter-liter bottles is ideal for the art lover, the Champagne connoisseur, and everyone in between. $80, www.vrankenpommery.fr