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.
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.
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.