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Karuizawa 1981 Single Sherry Cask #6256 / TWE Geisha Label 2011

Lot: 5069589

Karuizawa 1981 Single Sherry Cask #6256 / TWE Geisha Label 2011

Winning Bid: £7,300

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Karuizawa
Age: 
N/A
Vintage: 
1981
Region: 
Japan
Bottler: 
Official
Cask Type: 
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Bottled Strength: 
57.5%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Closed
product Details

Karuizawa 1981 Single Cask #6256 / TWE Geisha Label

Karuizawa distillery was established in 1955 in the town of Miyota on the southern slopes of Mount Asama. It began production the following year, producing single malt for the Ocean blends from Daikoku Budoshu. Initially it was difficult for the distillery to obtain malt, but a lift on import restrictions in 1958 meant the distillery was able to experiment with the production of a Speyside-esque product, importing the same golden promise barely used at Macallan, and sherry casks. The subsequent quality of output saw it appearing in Japan as a single malt for the first time in the 1980s. Sadly, the Japanese whisky market was not strong at the time, and Karuizawa was closed in 2001 by owners, Mercian, and eventually dismantled. Its legacy is lives on however, with its still relocated to other distilleries in Japan, but predominantly in the hugely sought-after single cask releases that began to appear in 2007, from independent bottler, Number One Drinks. It is now one of the most prestige single malts on the planet, the reverence for which only grows as the remaining stock continues to thin.

This limited release was distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2011. Produced from single first fill sherry cask #6256, which yielded 573 bottles.

This release was an exclusive bottling for The Whisky Exchange and features on the front label an image of a Geisha and map of Japan.

 

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