Islay meets Tokyo in one of the world’s newest, rarest and most expensive whiskies


Christmas has come early for whisky aficionados with deep pockets: Liquor powerhouses Scotland and Japan have joined forces and flavors to create an outrageously expensive hybrid beverage.

Bowmore, the oldest distillery on the (heavily peated) Scottish island of Islay, is controlled by Japan’s Suntory Holdings. The relationship has allowed for the creation of the Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, which finished Scottish whisky in casks of Japanese wood for the first time ever, Forbes reports.


The momentous occasion represents the best of both worlds for lovers of high-end whisky – but it comes at a cost of about $980 a bottle, according to Forbes. Novelty and small production volume (there are just 2,000 bottles in the world) accounts for a portion of the hefty price tag. However, manufacturers also cite the difficulties of working with Mizunara oak, which has porous wood that causes excessive leakage.

Still, for those who think just shy of $1,000 is a reasonable price to pay for a medley of citrus flavors, smoky notes, vanilla and cloves, this might be your drink of choice.

Whisky has become one of the trendiest purchases for investors with cash to burn. United Kingdom auction sales of rare whisky rose by 35 percent in the first half of the year, according to data from Rare Whisky 101 reported by the Independent.


And not to be left out, the Far East has the distinction of being the location of the most expensive whisky sale in history, with a bottle of 1960 Karuizawa sold for a mere $118,500 at an auction in Hong Kong in August.