Image: Solichnaya

Brace yourself. The bottle of vodka you see above costs $3,000.

I know what you’re thinking: If you’re paying $3,000 for a bottle of vodka, it better taste like rainbows and unicorns. I can’t attest to how pleasing this is to your taste buds, but I can say the Solichnaya’s Himalayan edition is the first in the brand’s elit pristine water series, which sources its water from the Langtang National Park in the Himalayans.

The water for the first edition comes from the Himalayan Mountain Range, with the water originating from melting snow that travels through layers of rocks to an internal reservoir. The water is then combined with winter wheat from Russia’s Tambov region. The ingredients are mechanically filtered to remove impurities. The last step requires the vodka undergo a freeze-filtration process to remove any remaining imperfections. The end product is 40 percent alcohol by volume, or 80 proof.

Image: Solichnaya

When you’re selling luxury, it’s about the whole package. The bottles are made of hand-blown Bohemian glass, sealed with a gold-plated decorative ice pick. Each bottle is contained within a hand-made walnut-carved chest. There are 300 limited-edition bottles, retailing for $3,000 each. The next edition will be released in 2012.

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