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1. When Karuizawa Distillery shuttered in 2000, Japanese whisky was an unknown commodity upon the global stage. Since then, of course, the category’s fortunes have shifted quite substantially. Today it’s near impossible to find age statement grain spirit from the Far East.
2. Somewhere in the interim, connoisseurs collectively decided that whisky from Karuizawa was worthy of an almost mystical reverence. It’s not uncommon to see it fetch upwards of $60,000 a bottle at auction. If that’s a little bit beyond accessibility, online retailer dekantā now stocks a wider selection of the brand than ever before available through a single source.
3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So, perhaps the astronomical price tags attached to these whiskies is attributable to the fact that you’ll never be able to get more of it. In 2012, the land on which the mothballed facility once sat was sold and the equipment responsible for this storied juice was dissembled. The dwindling supply that still exists in the barrel or bottle is all that’s left on this earth.
4. It would be easy to dismiss it as well-positioned marketing, aimed at leveraging a scant supply against a sweltering demand. Yes, but…This is also just exceptional whisky. And anyone lucky enough to have sampled it would be hard-pressed to suggest otherwise.
5. stablished in 1955, all of the liquid from the Nagano-based brand rolled off just 4 small copper pot stills. Much of it was then laid down in ex-sherry butts, still fresh with the deep, dark fruit tonalities of the fortified wine.
6. Its unique geographic position—the highest distillery in all of Japan—birthed a distinctive microclimate of low temperatures and high humidity. The result: a discernible house fingerprint expressed in each bottle. This was ‘craft’ whisky long before the term was PR de rigueur.
7. The 50 Year Old Single Cask Sherry release is a prime example of said exceptionality. Laid down in the mid-1960s, it didn’t see the bottle until 2015. With rich and rounded fruit edges, the whisky showcases incredible vibrance for such an old spirit. Dekantā offers theirs for $39,000, packaged with an ink plate, brush and stamp within a signature wooden box.
3. What is your favourite Whisky?