Owner: Kirin Holdings
Barley: Golden Promise
Water source: Mount Asama
Kirin bought the drink company Mercian in 2007, and also the mothballed Karuizawa distillery closed in 1995.
But some people spread the love of this sherry - rich single malt whisky buying casks of this now famous whisky.
In 2011 U.K based Number One Drinks bought the last casks and sold the bottles for $20.000 each.
KARUIZAWA 15 years old 40 %
Aged 14 years 58,6 %
SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY
FROM A SINGLE CASK
Society Single Cask Code No: 132.5
Date Distilled 25th June 1999
Cask Type Refill Butt / Ex Sherry
Outturn One of only 495 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Sweet and darkly beguiling
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Sweet and darkly beguiling, the nose delivers sugary espresso, molasses, honeyed figs, flapjack, blackjacks, dark chocolate and hickory - smoked ribs - also eucalyptus and pencil shavings.
The mouth - watering, tooth squeaking palate has tarry tobacco, garibaldis, orange peel, balsamic glaze, old leather and glowing embers.
The sweet, dark nose was satanically beguiling - Demerara dregs in espresso, molasses, honeyed figs, flapjacks, blackjacks, sweet black tea and dark chocolate, eucalyptus, and pencil shavings came later.
The palate - a salty treackle, mouth - watering assault of tarry tobacco, garibaldis, thick orange peel, balsamic glaze and black bean sauce - squeaked the teeth and found the tannic in Satanic.
The reduced nose became more savoury - jugged hare with prunes and hickory - smoked ribs. The palate had less tannic thrash but remained sweetly sinister, with Hoisin duck and a well - used leather tawse sacrified in the glowing embers of hell.
The distillery was once a vineyard.