Auctioned for $793,965, the Yamazaki 55-year-old has becomes the most expensive Japanese whiskey to be sold at an auction

The most expensive Japanese whiskey.


Japan is known to produce many great spirits. However, outshining them all is Yamazaki 55-Year-Old whiskey, a bottle of which was recently sold for a grand $793965 or HK$6,200,000 at Bonham’s fine wine and whiskey auction in Hong Kong. Selling for more than ten times its pre-sale estimate, the luxe spirit has gone on to become the country’s most expensive whiskey to sell at an auction.


The exclusive single malt was distilled in the 1960s and was limited to only 100 bottles. Matured in both Japanese Mizunara oak cask and white oak cask, the spirit bears a deep reddish amber color with hints of agarwood and sandalwood along with fruity and sweet notes on the palate. The premium bottle is presented in a special black Mizunara oak box with Suruga lacquer and is wrapped in handmade Echizen Washi and tied with a traditional Kyoto braided cord.

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Commenting on it, Daniel Lam, Bonhams Director of Wine and Whisky, Asia in a statement said, “The stunning price sets a new milestone for the market of Japanese whiskey, testament to collectors’ desire and determination to acquire the very best the market has to offer.” The previous record for Japan’s most expensive whiskey was held by a bottle of Karuizawa 52-Year-Old Cask #5627 Zodiac Rat 1960, which sold at a Sotheby’s sale in London in March 2020 for $4,76,187(approx.).

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[Via: Tatler Hong Kong]