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50-Year-Old Yamazaki Sold for $343K, Breaking Record for Japanese Whisky

One year ago   |   By Vine Pair

At the Bonhams Whisky Sale in Hong Kong on Friday, a new world record was set for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky sold at auction when a 50-year-old Yamazaki single malt fetched HK$2,695,000 .
The bottle smashed its pre-sale estimate of HK$1,800,000-HK$2,400,000 , according to the Spirits Business.
The $343K bottle overtakes the previous world record of HK$2,450,000 set by Bonhams earlier this year.
What allows this whisky , produced by Suntory's Yamazaki distillery in Osaka and released in 2005, to pick up such a fat stack of cash is its rarity: Only 50 bottles were produced...
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