- South China Morning Post •
Karuizawa distillery first opened in 1955 and closed in 2000 before the Japanese whisky boom in Western countries. Today, Karuizawa is regarded as one of the most sought-after Japanese distillers due to its limited remaining supply. This November, a private bottling of Karuizawa 35-year-old Budō collection will be released by dekantā.
- Robb Report •
So far only a few limited edition single cask bottlings have been released, and most have quickly sold out. But now Dekantá, the exclusive Japanese exporter of Nagahama whiskies, is offering the opportunity for individuals to purchase a full 225-liter cask that has previously been filled (seasoned) with the buyer’s choice of either Madeira, Calvados, or sherry, and which will then be filled with Nagahama’s new-made spirit and allowed to gracefully mature into a much-coveted Japanese single malt.
- Business Insider •
Today, Karuizawa is regarded as one of the most sought-after Japanese distillers due to its limited remaining supply. This November, a private bottling of Karuizawa 35-Year-Old Budō Collection will be released by dekantā, an online retailer of rare Japanese spirits and wine.
- Whisky Advocate •
Even with the Tokyo Games postponed, Dekanta still wanted to honor Japan with a release that company founder Makiyo Masa says is inspired by the concept of budō—a Japanese term to describe martial arts—and the skill of Olympic athletes who “continue to practice the technique.” Each bottle in this release—dubbed the Budō Collection—was hand-painted by prominent Japanese contemporary artists Hiroyasu Tsuri (aka TwoOne), and Fate and Phil of the Sca Crew.
- Forbes •
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. 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.