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Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°136 - bottled 2014 LMDW Artist

  • 55.30% |
  • 0.70L

A single cask Karuizawa distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2014 after 33 years of maturation in a sherry cask (#136). This bottle is part of the Artifices series of five Karuizawas from the 1980s released in 2014 and 2015 (1980, 1981, two from 1984, and one 1985) and bottled exclusively for La Maison …More info

  • Distillery: Karuizawa
  • Appellation: Whisky, Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Japan, Japan, Honshu - Nagano
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 4cm
  • State: 1 good appearance, 1 wax capsule

Lot presentation
Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°136 - bottled 2014 LMDW Artist

Cuvée presentation

A single cask Karuizawa distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2014 after 33 years of maturation in a sherry cask (#136). This bottle is part of the Artifices series of five Karuizawas from the 1980s released in 2014 and 2015 (1980, 1981, two from 1984, and one 1985) and bottled exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. The label was designed by Singapore artist Warren Khong, who has produced many labels for La Maison du Whisky, including those in the first Artist range. A limited edition of 595 bottles.

The distillery Karuizawa

Japan, Nagano. Distillery closed and dismantled.

Mothballed in the early 2000s, Karuizawa closed definitively in Spring 2012. Located at the foot of one of Japan's most active volcanoes, Mont Asama, Karuizawa began distilling in 1956. Equipped with small direct coal-fired stills, Karuizawa produced a robust, full-bodied malt that took perfectly to long maturation in ex-sherry casks from Spain (first fill) and Scotland (second fill, such as Mortlach). Karuizawa was a malt distilled to produce the Ocean blends of the Daikoku group. Bottlings of single malts were at the time reserved for the distillery's visitor centre and a handful of private clients. These hand-bottled versions were offered as cask strength, single cask vintages. Only what was needed for the bottling was removed from the cask, with the rest left to continue ageing in barrel. This practice explains why the same barrel can exist in various bottlings of different ages and versions. This means that the 1970 cask #6177 exists under two labels, one a 31 Year Old Distillery Edition (2002) and the other a 42 Year Old Vintage Single Cask Edition (2012). It was under the aegis of Number One Drinks, who bought the 300 or so barrels still available at the distillery in 2006, that Karuizawa joined the ranks of legend.

Detailed characteristics

  • Distillery: Karuizawa
  • Vintage: 1981
  • Bottler: Number One Drinks
  • Age: 33 years
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Japan, Japan, Honshu - Nagano
  • Alcohol percentage: 55.30 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 4cm
  • State: 1 good appearance, 1 wax capsule
  • Case: Yes
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Color: Brown
Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°136 - bottled 2014 LMDW Artist
Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°136 - bottled 2014 LMDW Artist

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Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°136 - bottled 2014 LMDW Artist

iDealwine Price(1) corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer. (1)Bottle format