Monday, August 20, 2018


Bonhams auction house in Hong Kong, has announced that a bottle of Yamazaki 50 Year Old, sold at auction on Friday for a record $343,000.

Setting the record for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky sold at auction, the Yamazaki 50 Year Old, is the oldest expression ever to be released from the Suntory owned distillery.

Yamazaki 50 Year Old

The Yamazaki 50 Year Old, was matured in casks made from mizunara (Japanese Oak) before being bottled and released in 2005. Only 50 bottles were produced, making it one of the rarest Japanese whiskies ever produced.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s auction, Daniel Lam, Bonhams Head of Fine Wine and Whisky in Hong Kong, said: "The Yamazaki-50 year old is a very rare and special whisky, and I am expecting a lot of interest from collectors. It leads a sale which offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire the finest of Japanese whiskies and some of the most sought-after names in Scotch whisky such as Macallan, Port Ellen and Ardbeg."

The previous record for a bottle of Japanese whisky sold at auction, was set in May this year, when a bottle of Karuizawa 1960 52 Year Old, sold for $312,130.

Posted by Steve Rush