For the adventurous, and lets face it, for those who are able to splash some cash without worry, may be interested to learn that the Yamazaki distillery on the outskirts of Kyoto are offering the chance to sip their 50 year-old expression. The chance to literally sip this highly rated expression however comes at a price. 10mls of this nectar will set you back 15,000 yen (approx. 139 Euros/ 185 USD) at the distillery’s tasting bar, which I was informed was not announced publicly. The 50 year-old Yamazaki expressions, regardless of which bottling, is the most expensive Japanese whisky to date either by bottle or per shot. One could argue that 15,000 yen spent on 10mls of whisky is ludicrous, but if you were to consider that in the past a proper full measure of this has sold for 90,000 yen (approx. 1,100 USD) its anything but. I guess another practical way to justify the pricing is to treat it as a once in a lifetime experience. If this is an experience you have on your cards, and for those who can, my advice would be to head on down to the distillery without further ado, as the liquid is limited, even for the distillery.
Photo courtesy of Ryo - thank you.