Photo/IllutrationThe record-busting Yamazaki single malt whisky (Provided by Sotherby’s)

A bottle of Yamazaki single malt smashed the record for Japanese whisky when it sold for 32.5 million yen ($298,850) at auction on Jan. 27.

Suntory Liquors Ltd., now known as Suntory Spirits Ltd., originally launched the single malt aged for more than 50 years in 2011 at 1 million yen per bottle, according to the Japanese arm of the Sotheby's international auction house.

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Aged 50 Years, limited to 150 bottles, made headlines at the time.

The record-breaking bottle was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The buyer and seller are anonymous.

The bottle carried the signature of Shinji Fukuyo, chief blender of the whisky.

Japanese whiskies have been selling at high prices in recent years due to their spiking popularity around the world.