Preview: 13 – 16 August, 2019

Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery
20F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong 

Hong Kong – Bonhams, the international auction house, presents a rare opportunity to avid whisky aficionados to acquire the most coveted and rarest collection of Japanese Whisky with the sale of the Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series in its forthcoming Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky auction on 16 August 2019 in Hong Kong.

Carrying an estimate of HK$4,500,000 – 6,000,000, the celebrated collection comprises 54 bottles representing each of the playing card in a full pack. Each ‘card’ was bottled from a single cask of premium whisky ranging in production years from 1985 to 2014 from the acclaimed closed distillery of Hanyu.

In 2015, Bonhams was the first auction house to sell the Full Card series, which set the world record for the most expensive Japanese whisky collection at HK$3,797,500 – a record that Bonhams still holds to date and anticipates to surpass with the current lot.


Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, comments, “Four years since the Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series set the world auction record at Bonhams, the current market demand is at its strongest for Japanese Whisky. It is believed that no more than four sets of Full Card Series exist in the world. Over the years, moreover, many bottles have either been consumed or strictly kept in private, making it harder than ever to assemble a complete – and with such trusted provenance – series.”

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.



Chichibu Single Malt Whisky 

In the spirit of his family legacy, Ichiro Akuto established Venture Whisky Co. in Chichibu City in 2004, and three years later opened the Chichibu Distillery. Since then the Chichibu Distillery has been producing award winning Single Malt Whisky and drawing significant interest on a global scale. 

In Bonhams May 2019 sale, a total of 18 lots of Chichibu Single Malt whiskies were 100% sold with over half exceeding high estimates, reflecting a strong market appetite. For this forthcoming sale, Bonhams responds to this demand with an offering of over 30 individual bottles, including:

  • Chichibu-Galaxy Express 999-2010-#711 (1)

Speyside Region Malt-Galaxy Express 999-18 year old-#1027 (1)

2 bottles

Estimate: HK$23,000–28,000

  • Chichibu New Born-2008-#82

1 bottle

Estimate: HK$10,000–14,000 


Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Estimate: HK$ 200,000 – 260,000

Directly from the Highland Park Distillery, the 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the distillery’s oldest and most prestigious release for nearly a decade. With a very limited release of only 274 bottles, each one is individually numbered and hand-signed by Whisky Maker Max McFarlane.

As part of the total package under the auction offer, this lot also includes an immersion trip to the very heart of Highland Park Distillery. The tour accommodates 2 guests who will be looked after on the ground by dedicated Highland Park colleagues on a 3-day visit program. Refer to the department for further details.

Macallan Lalique Genesis 72 Year Old Decanter

Estimate: HK$ 800,000 – 120,000

The oldest aged statement of Macallan whisky to have been ever released in the market.

From an esteemed private collector, we are presenting a total of 47 lots of wine with a total estimate starting at HK$1.25 million. Highlights include:

  • 9 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Le Montrachet including the legendary vintage 1985
  • 8 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche in peerless condition
  • A superb line up of star Bugundian producers including the Armand Rousseau, Liger-Belair, and Domaine Ramonet
  • An exceptional selection from the right bank such as Château Petrus 1989, Château Le Pin 1999, and Château Ausone 2000 
Fine and Rare Whisky and Wine Sale
Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, 20F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Preview: 13 – 16 August 2019
Auction: Friday 16 August 2019, at 3pm
Specialist: Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia


About Bonhams 

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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Vintage Macallans headline exceptional July Auction

Auction Ends Sunday 21st @ 8pm!

The Macallan 72 Years Old headlines an extraordinary July auction of rare and valuable bottles at Just Whisky Auctions, with over 175 lots from Macallan alone spanning decades of releases by the world’s most renowned distillery. A plethora of 2018 releases including the 52 Years Old and 50 Years Old are joined by an exceptional array of vintage releases. From oddities like ‘The New Range Rover’ to old-style releases like the cask-strength collection, through to legendary bottlings like the 1949 Millenium Edition and 1948 Select Reserve, rarely have so many Unicorn Macallans been auctioned at once.


Macallan 72 Years Old – Lot 680861

Macallan’s oldest ever whisky was released in 2018 to great fanfare and rightly so, with every drop miraculously surviving a lifetime in cask. Launched as a Genesis Decanter to celebrate the opening of the new distillery, the 72 Years Old is a meeting of the respected past and bold future of Macallan – incredibly mature spirit, housed in an elegant bottle created by Lalique to mirror the new Macallan’s strikingly futuristic design.


Macallan 1949 Millenium Edition – Lot 680988

Launched to celebrate the coming of the Millenium (remember that?), this now legendary bottle comes complete with a key to keep it locked in its beautiful hard-wood display case. Ironically, behind a lock and key is where the Millenium normally stays hidden, with few making it to auction. Distilled 14th January 1949, this is Macallan of the old-school – great aged whisky presented with a sense of refinement.


Macallan 1948 Select Reserve – Lot 681001

This exquisitely presented Macallan is one of just 366 bottles, each given an individual day of the year for 1948 (a leap year) to act as a unique identifier, with no two bottles the same. Unusually for Macallan, the 1948 Select Reserve is heavily peated and smoky due to the post-war rationing of coal in Britain forcing the distillery to malt with a higher amount of peat than it otherwise would. Bottled in 1999 after 51 years of maturation exclusively in Sherry casks, the 1948 is a time-capsule showcasing a style of Macallan that will never be made again.

These and 1,100 other lots are all open for bidding until Sunday at 8pm UK time

Mulberry Bank Auctions Whisky Cask Sale July 24th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


The next few weeks will be busy with our upcoming Whisky Cask Sale and its associating Tasting Event so here are some early highlights from the sale to mull over.

  1. The oldest Whisky in our sale is a fantastic Single Grain from the silent North of Scotland Distillery in Cambus (between Alloa & Tullibody in Clackmannanshire).  Distilled on 29th December 1970 this cask isn’t far away from turning 50 Years of Age and seems to be in brilliant condition with a good RLA of 101.4 litres at 46.3% abv.  A real showstopper of a cask!
  2. In the last sale we had a great cask of Springbank 1999 from a First Fill Sherry Cask, this time it is a Springbank 1999 from a First Fill Bourbon Cask, it is a cask full of golden deliciousness!
  3. If you like it peaty we have a Bowmore beast for you from 1995 in a refill Butt.  With size comes volume and this cask is sitting with a great Regauge litres of alcohol of 152.9 Litres at 55.6% abv.  A truly delicious, smoky chewy treat!

Our catalogue will be online this week or so and physical copies will be available soon after.

The Pre-Sale Tasting Event will take place on 17th July at 7pm in the Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glassford Street in the beautiful Saloon.  Tickets are £50 per person and available by contacting Stewart Smith on 0141 225 8181 or by email:

More highlights will be released on social media over the next couple of weeks, so watch or updates on our Facebook page or find us on Instagram.

Mulberry Bank Auctions

15 Kelvin Avenue
Hillington Park
G52 4LT

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Ultra-Rare Whiskies Hitting K&L’s Auction Site

We are pleased to announce a truly special set of rare whiskey lots from the estate of a long-time K&L customer and avid whiskey collector. Due to California State law, there is an exceptionally narrow band of circumstances in which the auctioning of spirits is permitted, making this a very unique opportunity. This collection includes ultra-rare releases from George T. Stagg, Parker’s Heritage, Jefferson’s, Weller, and more. Keep an eye on our website for the individual lots launching throughout the next month.

David Othenin-Girard & Andrew Whiteley
K&L Spirits Buyers


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A warm welcome to our June Auction.

Take a look below at some of the whiskies we have hand-selected to feature this month, each presenting a rare opportunity for you to add them to your whisky collection.


Glenlivet 1943 Gordon and MacPhail 70 Year Old Private Collection

Distilled at the height of the Second World War, this whisky patiently matured for over 70 years before being hand-selected for bottling in 2013.
One of only 40 bottles.


Karuizawa 38 Year Old Sherry Cask #4348 / Pearl Geisha

The fifth release in the Geisha series from cult Japanese distillers, Karuizawa. Sherry-matured for 38 years, this rare spirit then filled only 172 exclusive bottles.


Mortlach 1971 The Singing Stills 47 Year Old

Released in April 2019, this is the oldest distillery expression Mortlach have ever released. Limited to just 94 bottles, it features the final 1971 vintage casks from the distillery.


Port Ellen 39 Year Old Untold Stories: The Spirit Safe

An expert marriage between ex US-Bourbon and ex European Sherry refill casks, this is the oldest of Port Ellen’s original stock to be released globally. Distilled in 1978, this elegant and complex whisky is an exploration of Port Ellen’s history.


Intertrade Bottlings

This month welcomes a wealth of prominent independent bottlings from famous Italian importers, Intertrade. Our auction features bottlings from Laphroaig, Bowmore, The Glenlivet and Balvenie to name a few.

Interested in selling whisky?

Next auction: 26 July – 5 Aug
Bottle deadline: 15 JulyFree expert valuation for your bottle(s) on request at

Complimentary Collections

We are frequently travelling around the UK and can arrange a personal collection from you. This service is perfect if you want to avoid courier costs. Please get in touch and we can get it organised for you.

Not in your area? Just let us know where you are in the UK and you can request a personalised pick-up from your home, we will try to arrange a collection from you as soon as possible (available for sizeable consignments).

Glasgow | 11 July
Edinburgh | 12 July
Inverness | 15 July
Aberdeen | 16 July
London | 20 & 21 July

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