Sweeping a combined total of HK$11,890,360 at the Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky sale in Hong Kong, the Hanyu Ichiro "Full Card Series" set a new world record for a whisky series. Comprising of 54 bottles, the legendary set was previously a two-time world-record setter for the most expensive series of Japanese whisky at auction in 2015, in 2019 and finally setting a new record in 2020. The pre-sale estimates of HK$6,380,000 far exceeded the combined total sales.
The whisky traces back its roots from the Hanyu Distillery, founded in 1941 by Isouji Akuto, a 19th generation descendant of a long line of sake brewers who produce Scotch-style malt whisky. While the distillery closed down in 2000 with plans to make a comeback online next year, Ichiro Akuto, grandson of Isouji, secured 400 premium whisky casks left at the distillery. Much like his grandfather, Ichiro is an avid whisky lover and personally selected the prized amber liquid to be bottled for each "card" released between 2005 and 2014 to ensure that the Hanyu legacy lives on.