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Karuizawa Distillery

Karuizawa was actually a vineyard in 1955 when then-owner Daikoku-budoshu decided to enter a Japanese whisky industry still in its infancy, and base a distillery in the shadow of active volcano, Mount Asama. In 1962, it then merged with current owner, Mercian.

The distillery is tiny and the aim is traditional, small-scale production to create quality whiskies. Karuizawa uses 100% Golden Promise barley, wooden washbacks, small stills and sherry casks sourced from Spain.

Karuizawa’s whiskies are perhaps the closest you’ll find to the Scottish malt style in Japan but they still have their own unique character. The water has been filtered through lava and the distillery experiences very hot summers and extremely cold winters which results in a different maturation profile. (via One Drinks Company)

About the distillery

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  • Country: Japan
  • Founded: 1955

August 3rd, 2010

It has sadly enough been announced as mothballed so no more whiskies being made. There are still some casks so there will be a steady flow of bottlings for some time but when its empty there is no more.