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Karuizawa 1999 Geisha Cask #7436 Japanese Single Malt Whisky


1999 Geisha Japanese Whisky

Found at Harvey Nichols & Co Ltd

Karuizawa is the ultimate whisky indulgence. Few will ever get the chance to taste one, let alone own a bottle. Part of the incredible 27-strong Geisha Series, Sherry Cask #7436 was distilled and filled in 1999, the penultimate year that the legendary Japanese whisky maker was still operational, making it highly sought-after and extremely treasured. Bottled at cask strength in 2016, it only yielded 484 bottles, of which the majority have long since disappeared into collections around the globe. The stunning label features a geisha in beautifully patterned kimono tuning her shamisen. The artwork is one part of a triptych of women playing instruments painted by Ukiyo-e artist Yashima Gakutei (a pupil of Hokusai) during the Edo period. Now a cult brand that commands exceptionally high prices due to its paucity, the tiny Karuizawa distillery was established in 1955 on the slopes of the active volcano Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture. Using water filtered through volcanic rock, Golden Promise barley imported from Scotland and Sherry casks from Spain, it shot to fame when it became the first Japanese distiller to export in 1959. The hot summers and cold winters, coupled with the heavily sherried style, creates a mature whisky that is decidedly Scottish despite being created halfway around the world. Unfortunately, production ceased in 2000 and the distillery was mothballed. Luckily Number One Drinks Company purchased the remaining stock and sporadically release these rarities with beautifully designed labels, like this one. These unique whiskies have now become the Holy Grail for collectors and single malt aficionados.£514.29 per 100.00ml

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