Sotheby’s to offer Japan’s oldest whisky at half a million

The voluntary withdrawal seems to coincide with social media videos showing cans of Coors Light and Keystone light pouring a thick-looking liquid.

Sotheby’s has opened bidding on its single-lot sale of a bottle of Japan’s oldest whisky, namely the Yamazaki 55, distilled by Japan’s most historical malt whisky distillery Yamazaki Distillery of Suntory.

Estimated at US$400,000-500,000, the Yamazaki 55 is the oldest and most valuable whisky ever bottled in Japan. The first cask was distilled in 1960 by Shinjiro Torii, Suntory’s founder, and aged in mizunara oak. The second and third casks were distilled in 1961 and 1964 by Suntory’s second master blender Keizo Saji, then aged in American white oak. 

The whisky was laid down over half a century ago for three generations, until current Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, grandson of the founder, selected and blended these casks to create what is considered a true masterpiece in the world of whisky

The bidding on the whisky at Sotheby’s is open until 17 June.

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