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Nach mehr als 20 Jahren ist die Karuizawa Distillery zurück

Über den Online-Händler dekantã können jetzt exklusiv Karuizawa-Whiskyfässer erworben werden

Die Karuizawa Distillery wurde 1955 am Fuße des aktiven Vulkans Mount Asama, gegründet. Obwohl Karuizawa der kleinste Whiskyproduzent Japans war, hatten ihre Malt-Whiskys weltweit einen erstklassigen Ruf. Karuizawa stellte im Jahr 2000 die Whiskyproduktion ein und hat seitdem den Status einer ‘silent’ distillery. In den Folgejahren erfuhr Whisky aus Japan einen Boom und durfte eine große Nachfrage bedienen. Auch die Nachfrage nach Lagerbeständen aus der geschlossenen Karuizawa-Brennerei stiegen, und ihre Abfüllungen werden in Auktionshäusern auf der ganzen Welt zu Rekordpreisen ver- und gekauft. Da lag selbstverständlich die Idee sehr nahe, die alte Brennerei wieder auferstehen zu lassen. Und diese Idee wurde mit der Karuizawa Distillers Inc. und Karuizawa Whisky Co.. quasi gleich doppelt entwickelt (wir berichteten).

Karuizawa Whisky Co. wurde von Shigeru Totsuka kreiert, er engagierte den ehemaligen Karuizawa Master Distiller Osami Uchibori, inzwischen leider verstorben, als Berater und seinen Lehrling, den Distiller Yoshiyuki Nakazato, als Master Distiller. In der 2022 erbauten neuen Brennerei am Fuße des Mount Asama füllt Karuizawa Whisky, im Einklang mit der Tradition der alten Brennerei, nur eine sehr begrenzte Anzahl von Fässern ab.

dekantã, der weltweit führende Online-Händler für edlen und seltenen japanischen Whisky (wie sie in ihrer Presseaussendung schreiben), hat eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem neuen Karuizawa-Whisky aufgebaut. Durch eine globale Partnerschaft hat dekantã das exklusive Recht, eine begrenzte Anzahl an Single-Malt-Sherry-Fässern von Karuizawa Whisky zu verkaufen. Der Kauf eines Fasses bietet die Möglichkeit, den Spirit zu probieren, die Destillerie zu besuchen und seine ganz eigene, unabhängige Abfüllung von Karuizawa Single Malt Whisky zu erhaltenen, sobald die Mindestalterungszeit von 10 Jahren erreicht ist. Karuizawa-Whiskyfässer sind exklusiv über www.dekanta.com erhältlich.

Mehr zur neuen Karuizawa Distillery finden Sie in der folgenden Pressemitteilung von dekanta. In ihr ist auch ein 3-minütiges Video, am Schluss des Textes finden Sie noch eine Galerie mit Fotos, die uns mit der Presseaussendung zur Verfügung gestellt wurde.

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After more than 20 years Japan’s most legendary whisky distillery is back.

April 2024 | The world-renowned Karuizawa distillery closed its doors in 2000 but thanks to a recent investment, and exclusive global partnership with dekantã, the legend lives on.

The Karuizawa distillery was established in 1955 at the foothills of an active volcano, Mount Asama. The location was notable for being the highest distillery in Japan at 850m above sea level. Despite being the country’s smallest whisky producer, Karuizawa had a global reputation for producing first-class malt whiskies.

Karuizawa stopped producing whisky in 2000 and has since been known as a ‘silent’ distillery. As global interest in Japanese whisky has grown in recent years, demand for stock from the closed Karuizawa distillery has increased dramatically, with bottles selling for record prices at auction houses around the world.

In 2020 a bottle of Karuizawa 52-year-old became the most valuable bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold, achieving £363,000 / $435,273 through Sotheby’s in London. Now, some 24 years after the initial closure, Karuizawa Whisky is back, along with members of the original distilling team.

The new Karuizawa Whisky was built by Shigeru Totsuka, who hired the former Karuizawa Master Distiller, Osami Uchibori, as an advisor, who has sadly since passed away, and his apprentice, distiller Yoshiyuki Nakazato, as Master Distiller.

Unlike the old Karuizawa distillery, which was situated in the neighbouring town of Miyota, the new distillery is situated in the town of Karuizawa itself, known for its stunning year-round vistas that range from vibrant green and yellow forests in the summer months to gleaming snow-covered peaks that attract skiers from around the globe in the winter.

“I strive to produce a liquid that both respects and surpasses the old Karuizawa whisky”

Yoshiyuki Nakazato, Master Distiller, Karuizawa Whisky

The new distillery, built in 2022, located at the base of Mount Asama, sees water flow through volcanic lava rock that surrounds the distillery giving it a unique quality.

Totsuka and his team are more than aware of the rich legacy that comes with the distillery’s name, and they are keen to protect this with everything they have. It is for this reason that they have chosen to use only top-quality sherry casks and each of these has a minimum ageing requirement of 10 years, ensuring that when bottles of Karuizawa single malt finally hit the market, they will be of the highest standard. In keeping with the tradition of the old distillery, the smallest in Japan, Karuizawa Whisky are only filling a very limited number of casks, with a clear emphasis on quality over quantity.

dekantã, the world’s leading online retailer of fine and rare Japanese whisky, has fostered a close working relationship with the new Karuizawa Whisky to bring both the joys of their liquid and their epic story to Japanese whisky lovers across the world.

Through a global partnership dekantã have the exclusive rights to sell a limited number of single malt sherry casks from Karuizawa Whisky which are available for their loyal customers to buy, allowing them to live the dream of owning a full cask of whisky from a legendary Japanese distillery. Cask purchases come with opportunities to sample the liquid, visit the distillery, and create one’s very own independent bottling of Karuizawa single malt whisky, once the 10-year minimum ageing requirement has been met.

“It is nothing short of an honour to be entrusted with Karuizawa’s legacy and liquid.”

Makiyo Masa, Founder, dekantã

What’s more, when the time finally comes, limited edition official bottle releases will be available via dekantã, while working on their very own independent bottlings of this exceptional whisky. Until then, dekantã will be keeping their customers and cask owners up to date with regular news, content, offers and updates from Karuizawa Whisky.

“Nakazato is the fundamental route for a successful Karuizawa whisky style. When I look at what they are doing here, I think they will make some very very good liquid for the new, reborn, Karuizawa.”

Daniel Lam, Global Head of Wine & Whisky, Spink & Son

Karuizawa Whisky casks are available exclusively through www.dekanta.com

About dekantã

dekantã is a specialist retailer of fine and rare Japanese whisky, proud to have the world’s largest such online inventory.

dekantā’s range covers premium, rare bottles for collectors, small batch and local whiskies from Japan’s young distilleries, and entry-level releases from the most popular Japanese whisky brands. In 2022 dekantã was named ‘Japanese Independent Bottler of the Year’ thanks to their creative and impressive whisky bottlings that showcase top quality whisky, alongside intriguing aspects of Japanese culture, allowing customers to experience the upper echelon of Japanese whisky while gaining a better understanding of the centuries of hard work that made it possible.

In recent times, dekantā has been at the forefront of the birth of the Japanese whisky cask market and has made strong relationships with several distilleries, allowing them to become leading players in the market. Japanese whisky casks were previously hard to come by, but through tireless work, dekantā is now the leading online retailer of Japanese whisky casks.

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