Karuizawa

Karuizawa - Batch 1 - 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company).jpg
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Karuizawa - Batch 1 - 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company).jpg
Karuizawa B1.jpg

Karuizawa

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Style: Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Batch: 1

Released: November 2018

Batch Age: 19 Years Old

Batch Size: 186

Batch ABV: 48.9%

RRP: £2,262.95

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Karuizawa Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Said to be the world’s rarest whisky.

The Label

Ok, bear with us. There is a lot going on, it’s an action packed Boutique-y label. Within the original Karuizawa Distillery at the foot of an active Mount Asama is a lair. Surrounded by four big pot stills and set against the backdrop of a monorail running cask-like carriages, 2 ninja assassins abseil into the lair wearing black jumpsuits and balaclavas. Meanwhile, front and slightly center, our whisky guy is taking on the evil henchman. He’s slick, he’s suave and we suspect, he’s swaying a little too.

The Experience

Nose: Complex nose with an initial warmth and creamy notes - there’s cocoa and oak, a pinch of spice and grapes, blackcurrant and raspberries

Taste: A fizz of spice that leaves the tongue tingling, with liquorice and caramel coming through. There’s autumnal stewed fruits and a jammy fruitiness

Finish: There’s a dry salinity with lingering sweet hints - plums, raisins and a sprinkling of brown sugar.