One of the only 200 bottles of Yamazaki Junshin privately released this year will lead Bonhams Fine and Rare Wine & Whisky sale in Hong Kong on 18 November. The Junshin, which means “pure” and “true” in Japanese, is marketed as Yamazaki’s special one-off single malt whisky and presented to convey the essence of Japanese whisky and its industry to globally renowned master blender Richard Paterson. Initially available to Suntory’s VIP clients only, it is now going under the hammer with an estimate of HK$250-320,000.
Formulated by Fukuyo Shinju, Suntory’s chief blender, the Junshin takes its tasters down the memory lane of the distillery’s 100 years of whisky making. A combination of Yamazaki single malts aged in Mizunara oak casks, Spanish sherry oak casks, and peated malt matured in an American oak Puncheon, all aged for more than 20 years with some of the oldest Yamazaki single malts in existence matured over 50 and 60 years in Japanese Mizunara casks. The label, made with the traditional Echizen washi paper, features the word ‘Junshin’ by famous calligrapher Takeda Souun.
Other whisky highlights at the auction include a selection of more than 140 bottles of Karuizawa whisky led by a complete 10 bottle-set of Karuizawa “Samurai” series (estimate: HK$850,000-HK$1 million); a single-owner whisky collection featuring a 36-bottle set of Karuizawa “36 Views of Mount Fuji” (estimate: HK$1,300,-1,700,000); five rare bottles of Karuizawa 1965-over-50-year-old “Streams of Time” (estimate: HK$420-750,000); and a Karuizawa 1968 50-year-old “Aqua of Life” (estimate: HK$380-480,000).
The Scotch whisky section is highlighted by The Macallan 55-Year-Old in Lalique (estimate: HK$700-800,000), The Macallan 1951-Cask #1541/1542 (estimate: HK$250-300,000), and a Bowmore 1965 52-year-old (estimate: HK$240-300,000).