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Yamazaki Whisky Value and Price Guide

Guide to Valuing and Pricing Yamazaki Whisky for Auction

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Different Yamazaki bottles can range in value from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. For example, a Yamazaki 12 Year Old Standard might fetch around $200, while a Yamazaki 55 Year Old sold for $680,000 in 2021.

Prices can vary depending on where the auction is held. For example, the Yamazaki 12 Year Old sells for about $200 in the UK but has been auctioned for $320 AUD in Australia.

Seasoned collectors may be on the lookout for specific editions. Monitoring auction trends can provide insights into what is likely to sell well. For example, the Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara Oak 2017 Limited Release has recently seen reserves not being met, indicating a potential dip in demand

What affects the value of your Yamazaki Whisky?

Yamazaki whisky auction : Packaging

When it comes to selling Yamazaki whisky at auction, never underestimate the value of the packaging. In many cases, the packaging alone can account for as much as 30% of the suggested auction price. Why? Collectors often place a premium on bottles that come in their original boxes or special edition casings. These not only enhance the bottle's presentation but also provide a layer of authentication and historical context. For instance, if you're selling a limited edition like the Yamazaki 18YO Mizunara Anniversary Edition, its original black box with the 100th-anniversary inscription could significantly up the value of your offering.

Yamazaki whisky auction : Age Statements
Age Statements

The age of the whisky, often indicated on the bottle, can be a major selling point. Older whiskies like the Yamazaki 35 Year Old can command incredibly high prices. The age signifies the time the whisky has spent maturing in barrels, often resulting in a more complex flavor profile.

Yamazaki whisky auction : Condition

The physical state of your bottle and its packaging can significantly affect its auction value. Any signs of damage, like a broken seal or scratched label, can deter potential buyers. Ensure your bottle is in optimal condition before listing it.

Yamazaki whisky auction : Cask Barrel Number
Cask Barrel Number

Some bottles will list the specific cask or barrel number where the whisky was aged. This information can add a level of exclusivity and traceability that collectors value. For example, single-cask releases often fetch higher prices because they offer a unique tasting experience.

Yamazaki whisky auction : Limited Bottlings
Limited Bottlings

When you're planning to sell Yamazaki whisky at auction, understanding the allure of limited bottlings can significantly increase your chances of getting a higher price. Limited editions, like the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 or the 18YO Mizunara Anniversary Edition, are particularly sought after because they offer something unique that standard releases don't. They are usually produced in smaller quantities, which creates a sense of scarcity and exclusivity. This is often a major selling point for collectors who are willing to pay a premium for something rare.
For example, the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 is blended from 20-year-old whisky matured in sherry casks and younger whisky from bourbon casks. This creates a unique flavor profile that isn't found in regular releases. The 18YO Mizunara Anniversary Edition is another standout, fetching high prices due to its limited release to commemorate a milestone anniversary for the brand.

Yamazaki whisky auction : Awards

Winning prestigious awards can elevate a whisky's status and consequently, its secondary market value. If the Yamazaki variant you're selling has won significant accolades, make sure to highlight this in your listing. Awards serve as a third-party endorsement of quality and can attract more bids.

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