Bonhams Hong Kong Sets New Auction World Record For A Japanese Whisky Collection

Hong Kong - At Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale on Friday 16 August, Hanyu Ichiro's Full Card Series commanded the price of HK$7,192,000 (£755,000/ US$ 917,000). Sold to an Asian female collector, the prized lot established a new world auction record for a Japanese whisky collection, nearly doubling the previous record of HK$3,797,500 (US$484,000) – also set by Bonhams Hong Kong in 2015.

About Hanyu Ichiro's Full Card Series

The celebrated collection comprises 54 bottles representing each of the playing cards in a full pack. Each 'card' was bottled from a single cask of premium whisky ranging in production years from 1985 to 2014 from the acclaimed closed distillery of Hanyu.
Founded in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, a 19th generation descendant of a long line of sake brewers to produce Scotch-style malt whisky, the Hanyu distillery ceased production in 2000. But not before Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Isouji, stepped in to secure the 400 premium whisky casks left from the distillery. An avid whisky lover like his grandfather, Ichiro personally selected the prized amber liquid to be bottled for each 'card' released between 2005 and 2014, ensuring that the Hanyu legend lives on.

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