Karuizawa

The most cult of Japanese whiskies, closed since 2001. Famed for its intense, sherry cask matured drams, its popularity has been rapidly growing in recent years. With demand skyrocketing and the number of casks available quickly falling prices are rising.

Karuizawa was actually a vineyard in 1955 when then-owner Daikoku-budoshu decided to enter a Japanese whisky industry still in its infancy, and base a distillery in the shadow of active volcano, Mount Asama.

The distillery was tiny and the aim was traditional, small-scale production to create quality whiskies. Karuizawa used 100% Golden Promise barley, wooden washbacks, small stills and sherry casks sourced from Spain.

Karuizawa's whiskies are perhaps the closest you'll find to the Scottish malt style in Japan but they still had their own unique character. The water was filtered through lava and the distillery also experienced very hot summers and extremely cold winters which resulted in a different maturation profile.

Karuizawa 1996 16 Year Old 'Ghost' Nonjatta Exclusive 59.50% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999 14 Year Old 'Memories' 57.00% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999 14 Year Old 'The Last Bottling' 60.50% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1981 33 Year Old 'Single Cask #136 – Artifices' 55.30% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1978 'Single Cask #8383' 63.00% 70cl
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Karuizawa 2000 Tokyo International Bar Show 62.40% 70cl £1,350.00 GBP
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Karuizawa 1996 16 Year Old 'Memories' 61.80% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999/2000 'Cocktail Series' Tokyo International Bar Show 61.70% 70cl £2,350.00 GBP
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Karuizawa 1999/2000 'Cocktail Series' Tokyo International Bar Show 61.60% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1996 16 Year Old 'Ghost' Nonjatta Exclusive 59.50% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999/2000 13 Year Old 'Asama' 50.50% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999 13 Year Old 'Memories' 62.90% 70cl £2,150.00 GBP
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Karuizawa 1999 14 Year Old 'Memories' 57.00% 70cl £1,950.00 GBP
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Karuizawa 1980 32 Year Old 'Noh Whisky' 59.20% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1999 Tokyo International Bar Show 61.70% 70cl
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Karuizawa 1984 28 Year Old 59.30% 70cl
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