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Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo, left, and head of Suntory's whisky business Kengo Torii stand behind a bottle of a 55-year-old Yamazaki single malt whisky at its unveiling in Tokyo on Thursday. Suntory said the limited edition Yamazaki will sell for 3 million yen. Only 100 bottles will be sold from June 30, and buyers will be chosen by lottery, the company said. Suntory and other premium whisky makers have been faced with depleted stocks of aged whiskies after an unexpected surge in popularity of single malts in the past decade. Many have turned to blends without age statements to manage supply.

Many whisky aficionados still seek out aged single malts, and Torii said Suntory wanted to shore up its reputation as a premium manufacturer. Blended from whisky matured in mizunara and white oak casks, this edition will be the oldest version of Yamazaki, Suntory's flagship single malt produced at Japan's first malt whisky distillery in Osaka. Fukuyo described the taste as sweet and woody, with a mature, fruity aroma and long aftertaste.

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Tastes good just looking at the bottle.

Box of Ecuadorian cigar and the picture will be complete

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So if I understand correctly, they're going sell 300mJPY of whiskey here, which should be over $2.7m USD at current exchange rates. That's a tidy sum.

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I once drank whiskey that was the same age as I. It was incredible!

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Aly Rustom

I once drank whiskey that was the same age as I. It was incredible!

Drinking at 12-years-old is not the best move for your future.hehehe!

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Box of Ecuadorian cigar and the picture will be complete

Ecuadorian cigar?

That's a rather unusual recommendation. Not saying you are wrong, but would love to know which Ecuadorian cigar you would choose, as I've had a few myself.....

I ask this as I enjoy a cigar from Nicaragua.....

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Actually, the price in dollars would be about $27,500 - still, more than just a tidy sum and way out of this expat's budget! Way out. Way waay out.

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How the other half lives.

I do like the Japanese blends, those I've tried, but nothing beats a proper whiskey.

Yes, I said "whiskey".

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Ecuadorian cigar?

I think they might have Cuban or Nicaraguan fillers.

Rocky Patel and Olivas are ones I've tried and liked, the sommelier told me they were Ecuadorian wrappers and rolled.

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@christopher 27,500 x300 comes to just about 3mil.

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Tastes good just looking at the bottle. 

Box of Ecuadorian cigar and the picture will be complete.

I agree except the Ecuadorian, you really want bliss, try the Honduran (Padron)

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I prefer drinking bourbon.

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Ah, Yamazaki. Aged for 55 years in casks located close to the Meishin Expressway. A process designed to emulate the traditional whisky flavours developed by Scottish jakeys (or is that jakies) whereby town gas is passed through a tank of alcohol distilled by long-term residents of the local prison.

Just kidding. We can be grumpy here in Scotland, but it seems everyone's fairly open to whisky wherever it comes from - even that Irish stuff. (Just kidding, Toasted.)

In free countries, we can even smoke Cuban cigars along with the whisky, although some experts suggest roll ups go better. Personally, I think a pack of Hi-Lite is fine.

(Apologies. It's Brexit day. Feeling weird.)

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Drinking at 12-years-old is not the best move for your future.hehehe!

Drinking alcohol full stop,is not good for your future,whatever the price.

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Just kidding. We can be grumpy here in Scotland, but it seems everyone's fairly open to whisky wherever it comes from - even that Irish stuff. (Just kidding, Toasted.)

No offence taken. Am partial to the occasional whisky as well!

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Scotch is whiskey and says so on the labels "Scotch Whiskey" indicating whiskey made in Scotland.

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Scotch is whiskey and says so on the labels "Scotch Whiskey" indicating whiskey made in Scotland.

Actually the Scots make whisky. The label will say "Scotch Whisky".

The Irish make whiskey.

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Funny thing about whiskey (and whisky)... after the first shot hits your tongue, you immediately lose 95% of your sense of taste. That's why whiskey makers have smellings rather than tastings (like wineries).

A budget minded person would make that good whiskey last forever by only drinking a bit of it to start, and then immediately switching over to a cheaper brand for the rest of the evening (or morning, as the case may be).

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On more serious but related matters, my wife and I were discussing which was more effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, wearing face masks or having a sip of whisky every 30 minutes or so. We arrived at the idea that the best approach would be to dip our fingers in the whisky and then lick them.

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