It has been a big year for record-breaking whiskey sales. Two rare whiskies sold for $1.2 million in April, while just this month The Balvenie released a $38,000, 50-year-old bottle.
Japan’s oldest whisky distillery sold a 50-year-old bottle for a staggering $343,000 this week, making it the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction.
Yamazaki distillery released its first batch of the 50-year-old Yamazaki whisky in 2005, making two analogous releases in 2007 and 2011. The first release was limited to only 50 bottles worldwide, making it particularly difficult to procure. Due to the rarity of those bottles from 2005, which were first listed at a mere $9,000, the price of unopened bottles skyrocketed.
If you’re not math savvy, that’s a percent return of more than 3,800 from the 13-year-long investment. The auction purchaser asked to remain anonymous.
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