Oldest Japanese Whiskey to be Sold by Lottery

By Paul Joseph

The oldest Japanese whiskey is set to go on sale, with prospective buyers to be selected from a random lottery.

At 55 years old, the extremely rare- Yamazi 55 is available in a limited run of 100 bottles, with each priced at an eye-popping $27,500.

Made from a diminishing stock of unblended whiskeys, the Yamazi 55  is aged in Mizunara oak and American white oak barrels and features aromatic notes of pineapple and orange peel and a mellow flavour profile.

In addition to its fruity aroma, the whiskey boasts a sweet and woody taste with a mature and long finish.

Kengo Torii, head of Suntory’s whiskey business that owns the blend, said: “We haven’t been able to get a lot of Yamazaki product out there, so we were always thinking of developing a product that would use our oldest whiskey stock.”

The reddish-amber blend is delivered in made-in-Japan crystal bottles, each emblazoned with the number “55” lined in gold leaf.

The limited-edition liquor will be sold from June 2020.

By Paul Joseph