Yamazaki 50-year-old sets Japanese whisky record

A bottle of Yamazaki 50-year-old has set a new world record for a Japanese whisky.

The bottle realised $298,925 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on January 27, more than double the estimate of $140,365.

Yamazaki 50 whisky

This bottle is the most valuable Japanese whisky ever sold

Only 150 of these bottles were made.

As well as its incredible age, the spirit is prized for being stored in rare Mizunara oak casks.

This type of wood is unique to Japan and only begins to impart its flavour after decades of maturation.

Sotheby’s specialist Paul Wong said the result illustrated “a whisky market in full swing.”

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