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Review: Karuizawa 31, 1981, Shinanoya Private Cask 5th Anniversary, Bourbon Barrel Cask Number 4961, 228 bottles, 60.0% abv.

Review: Karuizawa 31, 1981, Shinanoya Private Cask 5th Anniversary, Bourbon Barrel Cask Number 4961, 228 bottles, 60.0% abv.

This is a commemorative bottling for the 5th anniversary of Shinanoya, a famous food and liquor shop/distributor in Japan. This is the sister label to Karuizawa 16 year cask 5006. The labels depict screen door painting “Lion and Tiger” by 18th century Japanese painter Soga […]

Review: Karuizawa 21, 1991, The School of Malt – Lesson III, Number One Drinks, Selected by Dave Broom, Sherry Butt #9091, 63.7% abv.

Review: Karuizawa 21, 1991, The School of Malt – Lesson III, Number One Drinks, Selected by Dave Broom, Sherry Butt #9091, 63.7% abv.

From the, in my opinion, strange looking The School of Malt, Dave Broom labels. Dave Broom is the author of “Whisky: A User’s Guide” and also writes/reviews for a variety of outlets, such as Whisky Advocate [he also wrote The Way of Whisky: A Journey […]

Review: Karuizawa 30 year sherry cask #5347, red geisha label

Review: Karuizawa 30 year sherry cask #5347, red geisha label

Karuizawa is considered the top Japanese whisky brand, well because it tastes good. The typical “lost distillery” story: bad times came upon the distillery, distillery gets acquired by a company that isn’t interested in whisky production, another party comes in and buys all the old […]

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Plastic Oceans Charity Auction includes Karuizawa 50yo, Yoichi 1988 Single Cask

Online retailer The Whisky Exchange and auction house whisky.auction are running a charity auction to benefit Plastic Oceans International, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of single-use plastic waste on the world’s oceans. While the lots include some incredibly rare offerings like […]

Japan’s first single malt whisky now on Amazon Japan

Japan’s first single malt whisky now on Amazon Japan

Quick: name the first Japanese single malt whisky. Maybe you answered Yamazaki? Sorry, that wasn’t until 1984. Nope, It’s not Nikka either. Actually, Japan’s first single malt whisky was “Ocean Karuizawa,” released in 1976. Karuizawa Distillery itself opened in 1955, but 1976 was the first […]