Karuizawa 1997 Rare Vintage 16 Year Old
Distilled in 1997 and matured for 16 years.
Karuizawa distillery was the smallest distillery in Japan. The distillery was established in 1955 on the slopes of Mount Asama, an active volcano. Karuizawa was mothballed in 2000 and the remaining stocks were thankfully ‘saved’ by Ichiro Akuto.
Karuizwa’s style was that of a certain Speyside whisky, they almost exclusively used Golden Promise barley imported from Scotland and primarily maturing whisky in sherry casks imported from Spain. The key to Karuizawa’s success was the hidden earthiness and peatiness that gave many of their legendary single cask bottlings it’s unique character.