Luxebook May 2023

When it comes to luxury whiskys, it’s a different kind of world. A true whisky aficionado knows that a bottle of the finest comes at a price. Many people love their drink strong while others love one that breaks the bank. Distilled by masters in the game, aged for over half a century and bottled in stunning decanters, many like to savour an exquisite glass of the brown spirit. In the exclusive world of whisky, there are two not-sosecret ongoing battles: one for age, and another for cost. Ground-breaking bids and new world records continue to reign supreme in the industry. Have you ever wondered what’s special about a $2 million bottle of whiskey? With six-figure digits having become the norm, here’s looking at the most expensive whiskies ever auctioned, and they cost a fortune! Yamazaki 55-year-old — USD $8,00,000 This Japanese whiskey has set a new record of being the world’s most expensive whiskies ever sold, for a jawdropping USD $8,00,000 (approx. `65.2 cr). First distilled in 1960, the Yamazaki 55-year-old is the regal blend of precious single malts that were all distilled under the supervision of Suntory’s founder Shin Jiro Torii and later aged in Mizunara casks for over 55 years. Yamazaki 55 was first bottled in Japan in 2020 with 100 bottles, and an additional 100 bottles were released in 2021, thus making it a limited edition that is truly a prized possession for anyone who owns it. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA 9 Best whiskies auctioned in 2023 A bottle of the finest whisky comes at a price. THE WORLD OF WHISKIES 6|LUXEBOOK|MAY 2023 MAY 2023 |LUXEBOOK|7