Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

A bottle of the world’s oldest and rarest Japanese whiskey has been secured by Dan Murphy’s – and goes under the hammer with a great prize.

House of Suntory’s Yamazaki 55 was originally only available to whiskey enthusiasts based in Japan and was made available through a lottery where the winners still had to pay $ 37,000.

This year, another 100 bottles were released worldwide before it ceased to exist.

Dan Murphys in Australia has secured a bottle and in partnership with the Langtons it will be auctioned.

House of Suntory's Yamazaki 55 was originally only available to whiskey enthusiasts based in Japan and was made available through a lottery where the winners still had to pay $ 37,000.
House of Suntory’s Yamazaki 55 was originally only available to whiskey enthusiasts based in Japan and was made available through a lottery where the winners still had to pay $ 37,000. Credit: Delivered

A single bottle of the rare whiskey currently has a suggested retail price of $ 90,000, but has previously sold for more than $ 1 million in Hong Kong.

Dan Murphys has decided to let the market determine the price, by hosting the online auction on November 15th.

“We want to offer Australian collectors the most reasonable shot – excuse the pun – to acquire this release for life, which is why we have decided to hold an online auction,” said Dan Murphy’s CEO Alex Freudmann in a statement.

A single bottle of the rare whiskey currently has a suggested retail price of $ 90,000, but has previously sold for more than $ 1 million in Hong Kong.
A single bottle of the rare whiskey currently has a suggested retail price of $ 90,000, but has previously sold for more than $ 1 million in Hong Kong. Credit: Delivered

Yamazaki 55 is a blend of three rare single malt whiskeys from the 1960s, and the bottle itself has gold dust engraved calligraphy.

There will also be 30 other House of Suntory whiskey bottles available at the auction at a suggested retail price of $ 200 to $ 9800.

These include 25-year-old Yamazaki, 21-year-old Hibiki, 30-year-old Hibiki and 25-year-old Hakushu.

For all Melbourne residents eager to see the Yamazaki 55 in the flesh, the bottle will be on display in Dan Murphy’s cellar in Prahran from 22 October.

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