Yamazaki 55-Year-Old the oldest Japanese whiskey goes under the hammer for $75,000


Whiskey connoisseurs – here’s the next pick for you! Japan’s oldest whiskey, the Yamazaki 55-Year-Old is now on offer for an estimated $74832 or HK$580,000. The single malt is produced in a limited edition of 100 bottles and will be sold as part of Bonhams’ upcoming auction next month.

Casked in 1955 to mature and bottled and released in 2005, the Yamazaki 55-Year-Old is touted to be one of the best Japanese spirits to date. It is distilled to 46% ABV (alcohol by volume) and is matured for an additional 5 years than the coveted Yamazaki-50-Year-Old.
In addition to its contents, the packaging of the exclusive single-malt is just as exclusive. Wrapped in handmade Echizen Washi and tied with a traditional Kyoto braided cord, the spirit is presented in a black Mizunara oak box with Suruga lacquer. The base of the bottle is embossed with the name of the buyer with the number ‘55’ is gold-dusted onto it.

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Commenting on it Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, said, “We are thrilled to be the first international auction house to offer this historic and extremely popular bottle to the worldwide audience, which already has a strong appetite for the finest Japanese whiskey. One of only 100 that were produced, this amber joy by one of the most prestigious whiskey distilleries is as rare as its quality is unmatched.”

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Bearing a deep reddish amber color, the 55-Year-Old single malt carries whiffs of agarwood and sandalwood along with fruity notes and a sweet aftertaste. It will be available for sale in August for an estimated bid starting at $74832 or HK$580,000.

[Via: The Drinks Business]