Japanese Whisky Smashes Auction Record

A single bottle of Yamazaki 50 year old set the new world record for the most expensive standard-sized bottle of whisky sold at auction. The record-breaking hammer price of $109,585/£84,520/HK$850,000 was set at Poly Auction, Hong Kong this month during their Prestige Collections sale (with buyer’s premiums added: HK$1,003,000).

9121The first release of Yamazaki 50 year old became the most expensive Japanese whisky on the market on its release in 2005, priced at ¥1,000,000, equivalent to approximately $9,500, or just 8.6% of its new record auction price. This Japanese single malt whisky was distilled in the 1950s and fully matured in mizunara casks, a vessel that Suntory began to use extensively during and after World War II as deliveries of Spanish sherry casks dried up. After such extensive aging, the whisky has a sweet-sour, dry fruit note, and an elegant eaglewood aroma, an incense-like scent derived from the mizunara wood and a much sought after character in Japanese whiskies.

The original 50 bottles were wrapped around the neck in Japanese washi paper and secured with a gold cord. A second release of 50 bottles followed in 2007, and a larger release of Yamazaki 50 year old consisting of 150 bottles followed in 2011. Only a handful of these have found their way to the salerooms. The first edition commanded the record-breaking price, but this news will likely bode well for all of their future values.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

A HK$4 million Macallan is recognized as the Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold, however the Macallan M in Lalique was presented in a six-liter decanter. The standard size (700ml or 750ml) whisky auction record is the preferred point of comparison, Releases as this is the regular format for the vast majority of collectible whiskies: it’s the definitive bottle size we deal with every day.

Poly Auction is a relatively new auction house that started trading in Hong Kong in 2012, and it has established an impressive track record of results in a short space of time. In addition to whisky, Poly Auction specializes in wine, watches, jewelry, and modern and classical Chinese artworks. The Karuizawa 1960 52 year old ‘The Cockerel,’ was the previous recognized holder of the most expensive standard-sized bottle of whisky at auction, taking the record for Japan at So Bonhams, Hong Stores Kong in 2015. Prior to that event, only single malt Scotch whisky held this accolade. The rare bottle of Karuizawa maintained the record for 401 days, not holding out quite as long as the 680 days achieved by the Bowmore 1964 48 year old sold in London in 2013. We cannot be far away from the HK$1,000,000 bid for a single bottle of whisky, so how long can the Yamazaki 50 year old hold on to the title?

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