Whiskey lovers rejoice! Bonhams, the international auction house, has the world’s most coveted and rarest collection of Japanese Whiskey – Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series.
It will be up for sale in Bonhams’ upcoming Fine & Rare Wine and Whiskey auction to be held on 16 August 2019 in Hong Kong.
This Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series is estimated to go for $4,500,000-$6,000,000 HKD, or roughly $576,158-$768,210 USD.
The series consists of 54 bottles of Scotch-style malt whiskey, each representing a gaming card, from the acclaimed distillery of Hanyu, which closed its doors almost 20 years ago in 2000.
Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Isouji Akuto — a 19th generation descendant of sake brewers and whiskey producers who founded the distillery in 1941 — preserved 400 premium whiskey casks before the distiller shut down, and bottled each one for release between 2005 to 2014.
In 2015, Bonhams was the first auction house to sell the Full Card series, which set the world record for the most expensive Japanese whiskey collection at HK$3,797,500, or roughly 486155.95 USD. Bonhams still holds the world record, and expects this set to sell up.
Bonhams’ Asia Director of Wine & Spirits Daniel Lam says about the collection: “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.”
This incredibly rare opportunity to own an exceptional collection – the rarest collection of Japanese Whiskey on earth.
Due to its rarity, it is almost impossible to get a full set of the Ichiro’s card series.
These collectible Japanese whiskey bottles are scattered around the world. Some collectors arrange their collection according to the poker hand rankings such as straight, flush, full house, straight flush. For example, a set of Ichiro’s card bottles that form a straight flush ranking (clubs Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) were offered at Bonhams Hong Kong in 2014 and sold for HK$159,250 after premium.