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Karuizawa 1980-2015 - 35 Year Old - Single Cask 4376 - Geisha Label - Harbour City Hong Kong Exclusi

LOT ID: 1023-830

End Date : Jan 03 2024 08:00 PM

Total Bids: 7   

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Karuizawa 1980 - 2015. 35 Year Old. Cask number 4376. Geisha Label. One of 212 bottles matured in a Sherry Butt. Bottled exclusively for Harbour City Hong Kong. 700ml. 60.1%. In presentation box.

A very rare single cask Karuizawa 1980 bottled as a 35-year-old in 2015 as an exclusive for the Harbour City luxury shopping mall in Hong Kong. Cask 4376 was a sherry butt that yielded 212 bottles at its extraordinary cask strength of 60.1%. This beautifully-packaged Karuizawa 1980 comes in a presentation box featuring a woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi depicting a trio of Geisha.


Scratched box in numerous places.


Upper Shoulder

Distillery:  Karuizawa

Distillery Status:  Closed

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Distilled Year: 1980

Bottling Year: 2015

Age: 35

Bottles Produced: 212

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 4376

Category: Single Malt

Country: Japan

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 60.1%

The Karuizawa distillery was originally a winery built by Daikoku Budoshu in the mountains of the ski resort town of the same name in Japan’s Nagano prefecture in 1935. In the 1950s direct-fired pot stills were added at Karuizawa and the distillery began making whisky in 1956, producing spirit for Daikoku’s Ocean blend.

Karuizawa tried to emulate the finest Scottish distilleries, using Golden Promise barley and high quality sherry casks. Sadly, with the domestic market in decline, Karuizawa ceased production in 2000 and was later demolished by owners Kirin, who bought Mercian in 2006. Soon afterwards, a series of extraordinary casks were bottled by Number One Drinks, and Karuizawa’s whiskies subsequently soared in value. In 2020 a new Karuizawa Distillers company fronted by Kavalan alumnus Ian Chang revealed that they would be building a distillery at Komoro near Karuizawa.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £7,500.00 24th December 2023 17:16