Do You Know The World’s Most Expensive Japanese Whisky?Written by David MasifonPosted on 02 05, 2018
For many whisky lovers, Japanese whisky is among those expensive whiskies you pour on that special occasion.
Japanese whisky literally made an impact on the whisky industry when Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was named the best whisky in the world by the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. From a rising star, the brown spirit from Japan has taken over the spotlight, even from the more popular scotch whisky.
Coming into commercial production in the early 1920s, Japanese whisky is already popular in Europe and North America, and is gradually making an entrance into the African market.
A bottle of Japanese whisky usually attracts a good budget, but how much would you have to pay for the most expensive Japanese whisky in the world?
Most Expensive Japanese Whisky
On January 30, 50-year-old Yamazaki Single-Malt whisky sold via Sotheby’s Hong Kong for a whopping HK$2.3 million – that’s just slightly above N105.8 million. That sale set the record for the most expensive whisky bottle in the world.
Also, the transaction also proved the continuous expansion of the luxury whisky market – a movement that has been gathering steam in recent years.
“We are 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,” said Paul Wong, a specialist at Sotheby’s Wine, Asia.
Japanese Whisky and the Luxe Whisky Market
Japanese whisky has increasingly pushed the limits of the luxury whisky market. In 2017, 296 rare bottles from the Karuizawa distillery sold for over US$1 million at an auction. With that sale, it took home the crown for the most expensive collection of Japanese whisky ever sold.
Dekantā, a Japanese spirit retailer, is also cashing in on the luxury push. The company has recently launched a ballot to win a chance to purchase one of 150 bottles of Karuizawa 35-year-old single sherry cask whisky. Each bottle will go for AU$15,000 each – that is about N4.2 million.
Looks like the Japanese whisky industry is having much more promise than we hoped for. You might want to cash in too.