Japanese Whisky Shatters Records Again

suntory-yamazaki-50-copyThe sale of a single bottle of Yamazaki 50 year at Poly Auction in Hong Kong (for US$109,585 / HK$850,000) has set a new world record for the most expensive standard sized (700 or 750 ml) bottle of whisky sold at an auction.When the bottle was released in 2005, it was the most expensive Japanese whisky on the market, priced at ¥1,000,000 (US$9,500). The single malt whisky was distilled in the 1950s and was matured in a mizunara casks. The first release was limited to 50 bottles, with washi paper and gold cord around the necks of the bottles. Another release came out in 2007 with 50 bottles and a larger release of 150 bottles dropped in 2011.The previous world record was also set by a bottle of Japanese Whisky - the Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old "The Cockerel" was sold in 2015 at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong for US$96,774 / HK$750,000. Source: Whisky Advocate