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Rare 35-year-old Japanese whisky found on wardrobe in Staffordshire could fetch £12k at auction

A Staffordshire seller is in high spirits after learning a bottle of whisky he found in a cardboard box could now sell at auction for £12,000.

Karuizawa Vintage 1979, 35 Year Old Single Cask Malt Whisky, cask number 8187

The seller, who does not want to be identified, found the forgotten bottle of Japanese whisky on top of his wardrobe, where it had been standing for nine years.

It came into his possession after his father brought it back from France, where he was working in finance at the time. He was said to have liked the look of the bottle when he saw it in a Parisian shop in 2014, and bought it for £800.

Little did he know it was an ultra-rare, 35-year old bottle of single cask malt whiskey – Karuizawa Vintage 1979, cask number 8187.

The distillery in the Japanese town of Karuizawa closed in 2011, but prior to this, had filled a single cask with 350 bottles worth of the rare spirit.

The seller took the whisky to be valued at Hansons Auctioneers, where he was told it could fetch £12,000 at auction.