Collection of alcohol drinks of one Georgian, worth of thousands of dollars
26 December, 2018
Collection of alcohol drinks of one Georgian, worth of thousands of dollars
Alcoholic drinks collector and former head of the Georgian National Film Center Ferdinand Lortkipanidze has a very unique collection at home. He has been collecting drinks for years and eventually ended up with a collection of rare drinks from all over the world.

He speaks about his hobby himself.

“It was in the 1950s. I renovated my home and made a bar there. I used to drink only cognac at the time. Then I decided to buy alcoholic drinks in every
country I visit. The first one I bought in 1958 in Saint-Petersburg. The most expensive drink in my collection is the French Courvoisier that is bottled in 1896 and weighs 5 liters. I bought that one in France in 1962. I cannot really remember its price, but it cost me a bit more than it was necessary to buy a car Volga (Russian model produced in the Soviet Union). Last year I was in Paris and went to visit luxury drinks shop. Price for a 30 years old bottle of wine produced in Yugoslavia was 25 000 Euros. Liter of 40 years old Courvoisier cost 35 000 Euros. It is easy to imagine how much would cost my 120 years old Courvoisier.
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Collection of Ferdinand Lortkipanidze

There used to be around 500 types of drinks in my collection, but their number is decreasing. There are neither wines nor drinks produced in the Soviet Union in my collection. There was one funny story as well – My friend gave me a gift from the USA. I wanted to thank him, so I invited him at home and took one of the drinks from my collection. It appeared that there was tea instead of cognac. It was my daughter who did that – she invited her friends and they drank it and poured tea in the bottle.
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A bottle of drink with a snake in it

In Japan I received an unusual gift – alcoholic drink with snake in a bottle. I saved life of the Japanese girl and was awarded a title of hero. One day the bottle broke and I really did not know what to do next. My neighbor helped me there – he moved a snake in a different bottle and poured rest of the drink in the same, new bottle. My neighbor got interested and tasted the drink as well. I have tried it as well. There is a tradition in Japan to eat a snake with that specific drink, but we refrained from eating a snake.”

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