We already know there’s some ridiculous champagne being served in first class, but what about the stronger stuff? For customers paying thousands per ticket, some airlines have curated spirit programs rivaling the most celebrated liquor cabinets on the ground. But it’s hard to compete with one airline, serving one of the rarer whiskies, going for north of $500 per bottle…

ANA first class is a celebrated experience, with some of the best service, food and champagne in the sky. But it’s a hidden in plain sight menu item that’s wowing customers. During a recent trip to Japan, we struggled to source a bottle of Hibiki Suntory 21 Year Old Whiskey. Perhaps that’s due to the bottle winning the International Spirits Competition for the last four years, as well as a place in the “Whiskey Bible”, curated by celebrated whiskey critic Jim Murray.

But low and behold, it’s available on all Al Nippon Airways First Class flights. When we say $500 a bottle, that’s if you can find a store which sells it. Supplies are drying up at record pace, as the fabled whiskey grows in popularity. It’s not uncommon to see $750 or more for a single bottle, in major cities around the world. This whiskey gives Emirates Hennessy Paradis a run for it’s money for best booze in the sky. Not that the Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne, also served on ANA is any slouch.

Most excitingly, lucrative opportunities to fly ANA First Class from both Europe and the US are abound using points. There’s a great trick for upgrading from business class, and also for converting Amex or Virgin points, experiencing the legendary service for just 93,000 Amex points. Hey, you only live once- right?

Have you tried Hibiki Suntory 21 Year Old? What did you think?

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