Once again, the Yamazaki distillery is offering something worth contemplating, providing you are wealthy and willing enough to part with some serious cash. Just like the Yamazaki 50-year-old that was available at the distillers tasting bar, with the unforgettable price tag of 15,000 yen for 10mls, for the same whopping price and quantity, malt aficionados now have the opportunity to indulge in the 35-year-old Hibiki. Currently there is only one bottle available at the distillery for people who have no hesitation and can afford laying down the money.
Though I inquired as to whether this would be the first and last chance to sample the well-aged whisky, unfortunately I couldn't get a concrete answer; therefore if you do fancy indulging in one of Japans most expensive drams (equal to that of the Yamazaki 50-year-old in terms of retail price) now is the time to do so. The vessel that holds the 35-year-old Hibiki blended whisky is a delicate Kakiemon pottered bottle, crafted by the 14th Sakaida Kakiemon. For further insight into the craftsmanship Nonjatta has an interesting post relating to the masterpiece. It would be interesting to know how much value the decanter actually holds in terms of price value, likewise, if the 35-year-old Hibiki was bottled in Suntory's trademark decanter would it be cheaper. Regardless, I presume there will be a lot of people giving this a go, just like they did with the Yamazaki 50-year-old.