We Love the Smell of Whisky in the Morning

Spring is upon us, and to match the increasing daylight of the season, we will in this newsletter focus on rare golden drops from the land of the rising sun. Golden drops that rip the headlines out of the hands of the more moderate alcohol percentages that we usually deal with here at Bruun Rasmussen.

We are proud to present a hitherto unknown collection of whiskies from Japan. These whiskies are no longer produced and are in themselves small works of art that represent a high level of craftsmanship safeguarded by a proud tradition of brandy produced with rice. With decades of refinement, this is a whisky that is entirely its own and definitely doesn’t stand in the shadow of its Scottish older brother.

Acting, Daring Images and Card Games

Hanyu is the name of a distillery that closed in 2000, leaving 400 casks behind. The whisky is carefully released periodically as long as stocks are available. The labels are a story in their own right, spanning from traditional Japanese motifs found in theatrical plays and more suggestive and daring illustrations to the “Big Butt” text. Among the labels, we also find a series consisting of a whole set of playing cards. However, a game of Blackjack is out of the question at this auction since we only offer the Four of Clubs this time.

1 bt. Hanyu "Big Butt", Single Nippon Malt Whisky 1988 A-A/B (bn). Estimate: DKK 10,000-14,000
1 bt. Hanyu "Ichiro's Malt - Four of Clubs Card", Japan 1991 B (ts/us). Estimate: DKK 36,000-46,000

The Karuizawa and Yamazaki Distilleries

Equally artistic and rare are the Karuizawa whiskies, which also are no longer produced. There are only a few casks left, and they were quickly bought by aficionados when it became clear that they would otherwise be blended, thus robbing the world of a unique single malt experience.

Yamazaki is Japan's oldest distillery, and, as the exception that proves the rule, it is the only one of the highlighted distilleries here that is still fermenting at full steam. The distillery dates back to 1924, and since then its products have been refined, which has not gone unnoticed by the world of whisky experts.

1 bt. Karuizawa 32 Years Old, Noh Whisky Series 1980 B (ts/us). Oc. Estimate: DKK 24,000-32,000

Laurent Ponsot's Wine Adventure

Finally, we would also like to mention Laurent Ponsot's relatively new wine adventure. With its futuristic labels, unusual to even the most experimental wine farmer in Burgundy, we can at this auction offer Chambertin, Cuvée du Chêne and Morey st Denis Cuvée du Merisier – both in the 2017 vintage. We believe they have a great storage potential, but you can also enjoy the bottles immediately considering the straightforward, airy and dancelike style of the vintage.

Online Auction

Fine and rare wines

Sunday 24 May 8 pm

For further information, please contact:

Anders Gudmundsson: +45 8818 1205 · ag@bruun-rasmussen.dk

Thomas Rosendahl Andersen: +45 8818 1206 · tra@bruun-rasmussen.dk

Thomas Løbner-Olesen: +45 8818 1241 · tlo@bruun-rasmussen.dk