Leads Bonhams Whisky Sale In Hong Kong

17 Aug 2018
Hong Kong, Admiralty

A rare first edition of Yamazaki-50 year old leads Bonhams Whisky Sale in Hong Kong on Friday 17 August. It is estimated at HK$1,800,000-2,400,000/£175,000-235,000.

The oldest expression from the famous Japanese distillery, the whisky was matured in casks made from mizunara (Japanese Oak) before being bottled and released in 2005. Only 50 bottles were produced, making it one of the scarcest Japanese whiskies.

Bonhams Head of Fine Wine and Whisky in Hong Kong, Daniel Lam, said: "The Yamazaki-50 year old is a very rare and special whisky, and I am expecting a lot of interest from collectors. It leads a sale which offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire the finest of Japanese whiskies and some of the most sought-after names in Scotch whisky such as Macallan, Port Ellen and Ardbeg."

Other highlight of the sale, which features more than 620 bottles, include:
• More than 40 bottles of Yamazaki including the Yamazaki-35 year old (HK$350,000-500,000/£34,200-48,400); and the Suntory-Rolling Stone 50th Anniversary (HK$280,000-360,000/£27,300-35,200).

• A bottle of Hibiki-Arita-35 year old, produced to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Japanese porcelain production. Only 150 bottles were released (HK$100,000-140,000/£9,800-13,700).

• The Karuizawa Sumo Trio Distilled in 1981, 1982 and 1983, framed within a crafted humidor designed by Ukiyo-e artist Hachisuka Kuniaki. Only 340 sets were produced (HK$90,000-120,000/£8,800-11,700)

• A selection of the finest Macallans. Bottles include Macallan Fine & Rare-1937-37 year old (HK$260,000-320,000/£25,400-31,200), and Macallan Fine & Rare-1946-56 year old (HK$250,000-300,000/£24,400-29,300)

• A vertical collection of Port Ellen Annual Release. 17 bottles from 2001-2017. (HK$280,000-360,000/£27,300-35,200)

• Pre-prohibition and medicinal bourbon whiskies from the early 20th century, including a bottle of Antique Whiskey-1912 (HK$15,000-18,000/£1,400-1,700).


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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