Bottled in 2017, after aging in a sherry cask for more than 52 years, this release offers the opportunity to own an expression that is in a league of its own. The single cask expression was bottled from one of Karuizawa’s last remaining casks, making it a true piece of Japanese Whisky history. Just 150 bottles were released, making this one of the most treasured collectibles on the market. There is little chance that a release of similar age will be offered for sale again, due to the scarcity of remaining casks, combined with surging demand.
Karuizawa was a small distillery, it was known for producing top-notch whisky in Japan.
It sat in the foothills of Mount Asama where there is no shortage of thawing snow and the chilly climate provided an excellent location for whiskey making. The whiskey was stored in small barrels, and the distillery used small pots for distillation. The storehouse of Karuizawa was also covered in ivy, which is said to assist in keeping the temperature and humidity at exactly the right levels for producing good whisky. Though the distillery was already closed down, there won’t be any more Karuizawa bottles in the future making each and every one more valuable.