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Karuizawa 1965 Japonisme Edition / LMDW 60th Anniversary

Lot: 6118009

Karuizawa 1965 Japonisme Edition / LMDW 60th Anniversary

Winning Bid: £55,000
(Reserve not met) This lot currently has: 40 bids

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Number One Drinks
Cask Type: 
Bourbon & sherry
Bottled Strength: 
Bottle Size: 
70cl 2 x 5cl
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Karuizawa 1965 Japonisme Edition / LMDW 60th Anniversary

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 was the final release in a trio of 1965 vintage Karuizawa, bottled for La Maison du Whisky by Number One Drinks. A very small batch release, this is a vatting of part of  ex-sherry cask #2372 and ex-bourbon cask #8636.

One of just 60 presentations, each of which includes a miniature of unblended single malt from each of the two constituent casks.

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