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Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt Full Cards Series Whisky Will Cost A Half Million Dollars

Hanyu Ichiro Full Malt Series

There are expensive whiskys out there, and we’re always hankering to try new ones. We also know quite a few people willing to drop big bucks on good whiskey. But we think the number of people able to afford Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt Full Cards Series will be quite few.

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That’s because the Full Cards Series – consisting of 54 bottles, each representing one card from a full deck of playing cards – will sell for at least $580,000. Maybe more – it’s going to auction, and only four full sets have ever been produced.

Each bottle was distilled at the legendary Hanyu distillery – which closed 15 years ago – between 1985 and 2000, and then bottled sometime between then and 2014. Each and every bottle is a rare work of whiskey art. The 2 of Spades, for example, was distilled in 1991, aged in Port barrels and bottled 20 years later at a whopping 55.8%. The legendary Ace of Spades got an even finer treatment…distilled in 1985, bottled in 2006 at 55% and picking up a unique character from the Spanish Oak Sherry butts where it spent the intervening years.

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So yeah, if you’re a lover of Japanese whisky (heck, a lover of American whisky, or Bourbon or Irish or Scotch). . .we think you’d be all over this stuff. Could you afford it? No…but you can try. Bonhams will be auctioning off the Full Cards Series August 16th.

 

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