Bottle of 50-year-old Yamazaki whisky has smashed the world record for the most expensive Japanese whisky sold at auction, fetching HK$2,337,000 (US$298,879), despite predictions that it will fetch between HK$700,000 and HK$1,100,000 (US$90,000-US$140,000).
A bottle of limited edition Yamazaki-brand whisky released by Suntory Spirits Ltd. about six years ago was one of just 150 bottles of the 50-year-old single malt whisky that went on sale in December 2011 for ¥1.05 million each, including tax.
The product was made of “stringently selected” malt whiskies aged for at least 50 years in Japanese oak casks, according to Suntory Holdings Ltd., the parent of Suntory Spirits.
The expression sold at Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest sale in Hong Kong on 27 January. Other whiskies that went up for sale included The Macallan Millennium Decanter 50 Year Old 1949, which sold for HK$492,000 (US$62,922) and the Karuizawa Single Malt Whisky Aged 50 Years 1965, which went for HK$430,500 (US$55,057).