Bonhams’ upcoming Hong Kong auction will be the place where bottle of Yamazaki 55-Year-Old, the oldest expression of the prestigious Yamazaki whiskey and the oldest Japanese whiskey in history will be offered for an estimated $74,832 or HK$580,000.
Casked in 1955 to mature and bottled and released in 2005, the whiskey 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.
Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, comments: “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.”
Yamazaki 55-Year-Old will be available for sale on August 21.