The World’s Most Expensive Japanese Whisky Just Sold for $300,000

A bottle of limited edition Yamazaki-brand whisky released by Suntory Spirits Ltd. about six years ago has fetched $298,879 at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. The 50-year-old bottle of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky shattered records. Previously, the most expensive bottle of Japanese whiskey ever sold was a similar bottle of Yamazaki which sold for $129,000.

The 50-year-old bottle of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky was part of a small batch release in 2011. Only 150 bottles of this 50-year-old Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky were released back in 2011 and each of the bottles was accompanied with a handcrafted wooden case.

Paul Wong, specialist at Sotheby’s Wine, Asia, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the new world auction record set by the Yamazaki Aged 50 Years NV, the highest price achieved for any single bottle of Japanese whisky, illustrating a whisky market in full swing.”

Japanese whisky is known for shattering world records at auction. In April last year, the world’s largest known collection of Karuizawa set a new world record for the most expensive range of Japanese whisky sold at auction after fetching almost US$1 million.