Some of the world’s finest spirits have gone up for sale today at select B.C. liquor stores.
Dozens of people waited for days outside the BC Liquor Store in Oakridge for a chance to snag some premium liquor.
Saturday marks the liquor store’s 10th annual Premium Spirit Release, an opportunity for lovers of fine scotches, whiskeys and other spirits to snag some rare finds.
For Bruce Langereis, president of the company that owns the Georgia Hotel, it was his first year camping out. He was hoping to get some rare products for the hotel’s bar.
“This year, I’ve got myself and my chairman from Singapore in the lineup, so we’re going to be camping here for the next three days at 41st and Cambie,” said Langereis on Wednesday night.
This year’s most sought after bottle will definitely put a dent in your budget.
“Our most sought after bottle in this year’s release would be the Glenfiddich 50 Year Old and that one is $36,000,” said Daisy Liang, a product specialist with BC Liquor Stores. “We have one bottle and that is the first bottle to go.”
A bottle of Camus Cuvee 4.176 cognac was selling for $5,000.
Another coveted item was Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon, which costs around $370.
Not all of the 81 products were quite so expensive, with prices at starting at just under $60.
“For most of the ones that are very sought after, you’re going to get flavours of honey and nectar and everything is just so silky and so harmonious,” said Liang.
A full list of the products is available here.
– With files from Nadia Stewart