Suntory announced yesterday the release of the 50-year-old Yamazaki, an iconic whisky that will be on sale from December 13. The 700ml limited edition 50-year-old single malt is Suntory’s 2011 bottling that is set to retail for approximately 1,000,000 yen (12,700 AUD) and is limited to only 150 bottles nation wide. The single malt, which is believed to be heavily fragranced and deep-bodied with assistance from Mizuna wood, is said to become available in selected high-end department stores that began placing orders on the day of the announcement. Similar occurrences took place with the announcement of the 2005 and 2007 bottlings. Representatives have said that the 57 percent bottling that is very sought after will basically be available to those on a first-come-first-served basis. Theoretically only those with big pockets will have the pleasure of owning this nectar or at least tasting it, which has sold for 90,000 yen (1,100 AUD) a shot in the past. For a detailed review of what its like to have this liquid reach every crevasse of your mouth, take a look at Nicholas Coldicott's interesting entry.
Update: Chris Bunting, the founder of Nonjatta has kindly pointed out that a shot of Yamazaki 50-year-old is not an "estimated" 90,000 yen as previously mentioned but "exactly" 90,000 yen. These prices are evident in Nicolas' article above. Changes have been made accordingly.
Image kindly obtained from Suntory