– Full set to be offered in 54 individual bottles –

Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series whisky from Club Qing (four of the 54 bottles)

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The renowned Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series whisky – currently the world’s most expensive set of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction – will once again go under the hammer at Bonhams Hong Kong sale of ‘Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky’ on 20 November.

On offer this time is the reputable collection from Club Qing, a world-acclaimed whisky bar in Hong Kong specialising in Japanese whisky and rare old Scotch whisky, founded by Mr. Aaron Chan in 2015. Over the past five years, this collection has been admired as a centerpiece in the bar and a destination piece by thousands of whisky aficionados from around the globe.

Mr. Aaron Chan formed his collection over a decade prior to the bar’s opening, sourcing each of the 54 bottles globally before they became available in the auction market. Among his collection on offer is the market debut of ultra-rare first-edition bottles, including:

·         Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-King of Diamonds, 1 of 124 bottles (est: HK$ 300,000 – 500,000)

·         Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Jack of Clubs, 1 of 124 bottles (est: HK$ 250,000 – 350,000)

·         Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Queen of Hearts, 1 of 125 bottles (est: HK$ 250,000 – 350,000)

·         Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Ace of Spades, 1 of 122 bottles (est: HK$ 300,000 – 500,000)

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.

In 2012, Bonhams was the first-ever auction house to present individual bottles from the Series. In August 2015, a complete Hanyu Full Card Series appeared to the market for the first time at Bonhams’ Hong Kong sale, setting the world auction record for the most valuable Japanese whisky collection. Four years later, in 2019, the record was smashed by another Full Card Series, which sold again at Bonhams Hong Kong for a staggering price of HK$7,192,00.

Unlike the two previous offers as one single lot, this collection from Club Qing will be presented as 54 individual lots / bottles.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, commented: “For years, this collection has been the most visible Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series in the world, and its provenance from the esteemed Club Qing whisky bar is unmatched in the market. The collection will be offered in individual lots/ bottles, meaning a perfect opportunity for collectors to acquire specific editions to complete their own Card Series.” 

Aaron Chan, founder of Club Qing, commented: “Behind each bottle is a unique story. I am delighted to offer my 54 ‘cards’ in individual bottles, so that more whisky collectors are able to participate, appreciate, and perhaps even form their own collection of the Card Series.”

A video interview with Mr. Aaron Chan can be viewed HERE .

Other whisky highlights from the sale include:

·         Dalmore Selene-1951-58 year old (est: HK$ 600,000 – 80,000)

·         Macallan Lalique Six Pillars-50 to 65 year old, six decanters (est: HK$ 4,500,000 – 5,500,000)

·         Glenrothes-50 year old (est: HK$ 230,000 – 300,000)

Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky Sale will take place over two days from 20 to 21 November. Other highlights of the two-day sale include The Collection of A-1 Fine Wines – one of the most encyclopaedic wine collections in Asia­. Please see separate press release – available via the image links below – for full details.

Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky

Auction date: 20 – 21 November

The Club Qing Collection of Hanyu Full Card Series will be offered on 20 November

The Collection of A-1 Fine Wines will be offered on 21 November

Auction venue: Bonhams Hong Kong Saleroom, 20/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

About Bonhams  

Bonhams currently holds three world auction records in the whisky category, namely:

·         World auction record for a Japanese whisky collection

Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series (in 54 bottles)

Sold for of HK$7,192,000 (US$ 922,000)

August 2019

·         World auction record for a whisky cask

Refill European Sherry Hogshead Cask from Macallan Distillery

Sold for HK$4,464,000 (US$572,000)

November 2019

·         World auction record for a bottle of Japanese whisky

Yamazaki-55 Year

Sold for HK$6,200,000 (US$795,000)

August 2020


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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