Karuizawa 1984 30 Year Old Single Cask #4201 / Samurai
Karuizawa distillery exclusively used Golden Promise barley and primarily matured whisky in sherry casks. The key to Karuizawa’s success was the hidden earthiness and peatiness that gave many of their legendary single cask bottling it’s unique character.
Setting in the foothills of Mount Asama where the water source used in production has flowed through the volcanic lava rock and soil that surround the distillery, giving it a unique mineral quality. This high quality led Karuizawa to be the first whisky exported out of Japan but ultimately led to their downfall, as both Japan and the world were not ready to accept such a high quality spirit which was not produced in Scotland. As a result, the distillery was not financially viable, which resulted in a great loss for whisky drinkers but produced an interesting rarity for whisky collectors.
Distilled in 1984 and matured for 30 years until bottling in 2015, limited to only 358 bottles.