Domain: 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.

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Karuizawa 29 years Number One Drinks Bourbon Cask n°8897 Specialty Drinks - Karuizawa (Brown)

A 29 year old Karuizawa single cask (#8897) distilled in 1984 and bottled at cask strength in 2014 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a bourbon cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David C... All prices

Karuizawa 1967 Number One Drinks Cask n°6426 - bottled 2009 LMDW - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#6426) distilled in 1967 and bottled at cask strength in 2009 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a sherry cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marc... All prices

Karuizawa 1970 Number One Drinks Ex-Sherry Cask n°6177 - bottled 2012 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#6177) distilled in 1970 and bottled at cask strength in 2012 by Number One Drinks. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, who bought the dist... All prices

Karuizawa 30 years 1977 Number One Drinks Single Cask 7026 Sherry Butt - bottled 2008 LMDW Noh Label - Karuizawa (Brown)

A single cask Karuizawa (#7026) distilled in 1977 and bottled at cask strength in 2008 after 30 years of maturation in a sherry cask. This bottling is part of the Noh Whisky series from Number One Dri... All prices

Karuizawa 1972 Number One Drinks Vintage Single Cask n°7038 - bottled 2011 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#7038) distilled in 1972 and bottled at cask strength in 2011 by Number One Drinks. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, who bought the dist... All prices

Karuizawa 1983 Number One Drinks White Warrior Label bottled 2014 Speciality Drinks - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa distilled in 1983 and bottled at cask strength in 2014 for The Whisky Exchange (Speciality Drinks). The label features a samurai in reference to Nakasendō, one of the five routes of the Ed... All prices

Karuizawa 1981 Number One Drinks Single Cask n°6207 - bottled 2011 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#6207) distilled in 1981 and bottled at cask strength in 2011 by Number One Drinks. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, who bought the dist... All prices

Karuizawa 33 years 1981 Number One Drinks Single Cask n°136 bottled July 2014 LMDW Artist - Karuizawa (Brown)

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 releas... All prices

Karuizawa 1978 Number One Drinks Vintage Cask n°8383 - bottled 2014 Ex-Bourbon Cask - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#8383) distilled in 1978 and bottled at cask strength in 2014 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a bourbon cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Mar... All prices

Karuizawa 1979 Number One Drinks Vintage Single Cask n°8187 - bottled 2014 LMDW Ex-Bourbon Cask - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#8187) distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength in 2014 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a bourbon cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Mar... All prices

Karuizawa 31 years 1981 Number One Drinks Prendre le Rythme Sherry But n°78 bottled July 2013 LMDW - Karuizawa (Brown)

A single cask (#78) Karuizawa distilled in 1981 and bottled at cask strength in 2013 after 31 years of maturation in a sherry cask. Karuizawa from the first half of the 1980s are particularly prized a... All prices

Karuizawa 1981 Of. Single Cask 7924 LMDW Vintage Label - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Japanese single malt distilled in 1981 at Karuizawa, aged in ex-sherry casks and bottled on 21 October 2011 at cask strength by Number One Drinks for La Maison du Whisky. A limited edition of 216 bo... All prices

Karuizawa Number One Drinks Noh Whisky Cask n° 6405, 4973, 8184, 6437 - bottled 2011 LMDW Multi-Vintages n°1 (1981-82-83-84) - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa blended from four bourbon and sherry casks (#6405, #4973, #8184, #6437) distilled between 1981 and 1984 and bottled at cask strength in 2011 for La Maison du Whisky. This bottling is part ... All prices

Karuizawa 1984 Number One Drinks Vintage Single Cask n°8173 - bottled 2014 Ex-Bourbon Cask - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#8173) distilled in 1984 and bottled at cask strength in 2014 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a bourbon cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Mar... All prices

Karuizawa 1981 Number One Drinks Vintage Single Cask n°152 - bottled 2014 Ex-Sherry Cask - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#152) distilled in 1981 and bottled at cask strength in 2008 by Number One Drinks after ageing in a sherry cask. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marci... All prices

Karuizawa 15 years 1994 Number One Drinks Sherry Butt Cask n°270 - bottled 2010 LMDW Noh Label - Karuizawa (Brown)

A single cask Karuizawa (#270) distilled in 1994 and bottled at cask strength in 2010 after 15 years of maturation in a sherry cask. This bottling is part of the Noh Whisky series from Number One Drin... All prices

Karuizawa 2000 Of. Sherry Butt - Cask n°166 - bottled 2013 LMDW - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#6207) distilled in 2000 and bottled at cask strength in 2013 by Number One Drinks. Number One Drinks was founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, who bought the dist... All prices

Karuizawa 1986 Number One Drinks Vintage Single Cask n°7387 - bottled 2008 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa single cask (#7387) distilled in 1986 and bottled at cask strength in 2008 by Number One Drinks, a company founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, who bought the distillery's sto... All prices

Karuizawa Of. Vintage 1999 & 2000 Batch 22 - Cask Strength Mount Fuji Serie - Karuizawa (Brown)

This Karuizawa is a blend of casks from the distillery’s last two years of operation, 1999 and 2000. Bottled at cask strength, it is part of the Views of Mount Fuji series. Each bottling features a pr... All prices

Karuizawa Whisky Live 1999 & 2000 Cask n°7698 Tokyo International Barshow 2012 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa combining whiskies from 1999 and 2000, the distillery’s last years of operation, married in cask #7698 and bottled for the Tokyo International Bar Show in 2012. These large casks allowed t... All prices

Karuizawa Whisky Live 1999 & 2000 Cask n°2565 Tokyo International Barshow 2012 - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa combining whiskies from 1999 and 2000, the distillery’s last years of operation, married in cask #2565 and bottled for the Tokyo International Bar Show in 2012. These large casks allowed t... All prices

Karuizawa Number One Drinks Spirit of Asama - distilled in 1999-2000 bottled in 2012 Speciality Drinks (48°) - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa from the distillery’s last two years, 1999 and 2000, matured in European oak sherry casks and bottled in 2012 exclusively for Speciality Drinks. Speciality Drinks is a spirits importer and... All prices

Karuizawa Number One Drinks Spirit of Asama - distilled in 1999-2000 bottled in 2012 Speciality Drinks (55°) - Karuizawa (Brown)

A Karuizawa from the distillery’s last two years, 1999 and 2000, matured in European oak sherry casks and bottled in 2012 exclusively for Speciality Drinks. Speciality Drinks is a spirits importer and... All prices

Asama 1999-2000 Of. Gold Label 2 Edition LMDW Asama - Asama (Brown)

A single malt produced at the now closed Karuizawa distillery. A small batch bottling featuring a blend of casks distilled between 1999 and 2000. A version created for the French market. Importer: La ... All prices

Asama Number One Drinks Karuizawa 1999 - 2000 bottled 2012 - Asama (Brown)

A Karuizawa from the distillery’s last two years, 1999 and 2000, matured in European oak sherry casks and bottled in 2012. Other versions at various ABVs exist of Asama, which was named after Mount As... All prices

Karuizawa Of. Mercian Oak Master - Karuizawa (Brown)

An Oak Master—in this case from Karuizawa—bottled by the distillery owner, Mercian. Note the unusual ABV (37%) and the even more unusual volume (66 cl). At the time, taxes were calculated based in par... All prices

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Karuizawa Number One Drinks Spirit of Asama - distilled in 1999-2000 bottled in 2012 Speciality Drinks (55°) ----

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Karuizawa Number One Drinks Noh Whisky Cask n° 6405, 4973, 8184, 6437 - bottled 2011 LMDW Multi-Vintages n°1 (1981-82-83-84) ----

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