KARUIZAWA 1960 (52 YEARS)
The Karuizawa distillery was founded by Mercian in 1955 to produce a pure scottish whiskey. Barley from Scotland, distilled in small factoriy and grown in sherry casks are typical features of the first whiskey produced in Karuizawa. But what will it look like after 52 years of maturity? Experts have the honor and privilege to taste it and agree: It’s really a special whiskey!
- The oldest and rarest Japanese whiskey.
The legendary 1960 Karuizawa bottle was distilled in 1960 and brewed for 52 years before being bottled in 2013. The Karuizawa 1960 is rare not only because it is the oldest, but also the very limited production, with only 41 bottles in sherry cask #5627. Each bottle is at 51.8% concentration, with a volume of 700ml.
- Masterpieces of art.
With a passion for Japanese whiskey – Marcin Miller, founder and a smart strategist of The Number One Drink made his development of Karuizawa whiskey is remarkable. The proof is with a special box created for 41 bottles of Karuizawa 1960.
Modelled on traditional Japanese puzzled boxes and handmade to the highest level by an accomplished British cabinetmarker, the box has been adorned with pieces from the original ex-sherry hogshead shipped from Karuizawa. The label has been handmade by Norito Hasegawa, a third generation paper maker, and then embellished by a Master Calligrapher, Soji Nishimoto
It can be affirmed that the cooperation of the work done by all artists to create 1960 Karuizawa bottles is quite consistent with the age and rarity of this whiskey. Each of the 41 bottles has been named after the unique Netsuke that hangs from the neck of the bottle.
- Superior quality.
Bottled with a concentration of 51.8%, guests with a “passionate spirit” will not be able to resist the strong, varied flavor of fresh fruit, reminiscent of ancient Brandy de Jerez. Add the aroma of spices, tobacco and sandalwood, and when you open it, the scent of rose and smushrooms makes you feel lost in the mysterious autumn forests.
The greasy, extremely hard to find and the rich amber liquid is seen as a rich reward for those who value the importance of time.
Although the Karuizawa distillery was closed in 2001, but its whiskey still one of the most invested whiskey brands in the world.