Karuizawa 1964 51YO

Legendary edition of Japanese Single Cask Whisky – the longest maturated Karuizawa ever

  1. Details

    Type: Japanese Single Cask Whisky

    Distillery: Karuizawa

    Vintage: 1964

    Age: 51 YO

    Number of bottles: 43

    The longest maturated Karuizawa ever

    Packaging: WS Heavy Bottle with gold painting and paper label. Special wooden box designed and made specially for this edition. It consists of an independent base, top lid and four walls joined by a system of hooks and magnets. Each wall is veneered with walnut wood and decorated with a different part of a single picture representing a cherry tree inflorescence. Each bottle of Karuizawa 1964 51YO is accompanied by book written by Dave Broom, which describes the history of the distillery and shows the uniqueness of this edition.

  2. Galery

  3. Dave Broom

    Dave Broom

    Writer and Whisky Expert

    Dave Broom was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has spent his whole working life in the world of drink, starting on the Black & White whisky bottling line, then Oddbins, Off Licence News and, for the past 22 years, as a freelance writer specialising in spirits. He’s written twelve books. His ‘Whisky: The Manual’ was awarded Best Spirits Book at the Spirited Awards in 2015. He is chief engineer for scotchwhisky.com, and writes for a number of other international titles. As a member of the Taste & Flavour education team he teaches the WSET’s Professional Certificate in Spirits (and wrote their textbook), as well as teaching and designing in-house training courses for distillers.

    He is a Master of the Quaich

  4. About Karuizawa


  5. About Karuizawa

    The distillery was established in 1955 by Daikoku-budoshu. The owner decided to build the facility in the town of Karuizawa located in the foothills of the active Asama volcano, a popular tourist destination in Japan.

    Karuizawa was a small distillery producing alcoholic beverages with the use of traditional methods. In pursuit of the highest quality, Karuizawa was contained in casks previously filled with sherry and imported from Spain. Similar to its equivalent from the home of whisky, Scotland, Karuizawa is aged in sherry casks. However, the flavour of whisky is also influenced by local features that give it its unique character. Spring water drawn from the volcanic hills of Asama, freezing winters and hot summers are all hinted at in the flavour of this beverage and make it truly one of a kind. Karuizawa is very rich and aromatic with a distinct sherry profile.

    Karuizawa used to produce whisky on a small-scale and was rather focused on the domestic market. This continued from its establishment in 1955 until 2000 when the production was ceased. Although whisky is no longer produced, there were still some casks left, but every year the number decreases. Currently, there are only 300 Karuizawa casks in the world. Three-quarters of these date back to the 1990s, and there are only 14 casks left from the 1960s.

    Unfortunately for Karuizawa, it gained world recognition only after it ceased production. Since 2006, Karuizawa whisky has been reaching whisky lovers from all around the world thanks to the Number One Drinks company. When the world heard about Karuizawa, it immediately fell in love with the beverage produced in the foothills of the Asama mountain.

    As Karuizawa is no longer licensed to produce alcoholic beverages and the building of the distillery has a new owner, there will be no new casks on the market. No one knows when the last whisky will be bottled…

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