Yamazaki single malt whisky bottle fetches $33,000 at Hong Kong auction

Bloomberg

A bottle of Yamazaki 50 Year Old single malt whisky fetched Hong Kong $257,250 ($33,190) at a Bonhams sale in Hong Kong, the auction house said.

Bottled in 2011 after 50 years spent aging in a Japanese oak cask, it is one of only 150 bottles produced and fetched above its upper estimate of HK$190,000, Bonhams said.

Six of the top 10 lots went to Japanese whiskies, including those from Karuizawa, a distillery that shut down in 2001, and bottles from Hanyu Ichiro’s playing card series that are highly sought by collectors.

A Hanyu Ichiro set featuring a “flush” poker hand made up of five bottles, each made from a separate cask and indicated by labels running from the ace to five of clubs, sold for HK$159,250 compared with an upper estimate of HK$120,000.