The Karuizawa Distillery was established in 1955 in the foothills of Mount Asama – an active volcano. The area is a popular mountain resort and the distillery is the highest in Japan at 850m above sea level. Traditional, small-scale, high-quality production is the aim, with wooden washbacks, small stills, and sherry casks from Spain, all contributing to the process. The environment is also ideal for whisky production, with low temperatures and high humidity.
Karuizawa is the gold standard for rare Japanese whisky. The distillery closed its doors in 2011, although it had not been producing whisky for over a decade.
This particular whisky from Karuizawa was distilled in 1974, matured for at least 40 years before being bottled. Inspired by the ancient language of whisky –“Uisge Beathe meaning water of life” and the Tai Chi Yin-Yang theory — a circle of life, which makes up “Aqua of Life”. It has an original box. If you’d like to know the taste of a rare whisky from the legendary distillery, then this is your bottle!