news article Jiji
【Japan's Yamazaki 55 Whisky Sells for 600,000 Dollars at Sotheby's】
A bottle of The Yamazaki 55 single malt whisky
from Japan's Suntory Spirits Ltd. has sold for 600,000 dollars,
or about 81 million yen, at an auction at Sotheby's in New York.
The successful price was higher than 400,000-500,000 dollars estimated
before the auction.
The auction took place Friday.
The Yamazaki 55 uses unblended whisky aged for 55 years
or longer at Suntory Spirits' Yamazaki Distillery in the town of Shimamoto in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan.
In 2020, the company sold only 100 bottles of The Yamazaki 55
by lottery as the company's oldest whisky at a price of 3.3 million yen
including tax each.
Thanks to its rarity, a bottle of the whisky later
sold for 6.2 million Hong Kong dollars,
or about 106.6 million yen at the current exchange rate,
at an auction in Hong Kong.
The Yamazaki 55 "sits at the pinnacle of collectible Japanese whisky
as not only the oldest but also the most valuable bottle
in the country's history," Sotheby's commented.
A stylish Japanese whiskey with a label design featuring gold mountains
and cherry blossoms in a dark bottle.
Founded in 1765, Sasakawa Sake Brewery has been manufacturing whiskey
since 1946 as the only local whiskey maker in Tohoku.
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