36 Views of Mount Fuji Batch 29 Cask Strength Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Karuizawa is the ultimate whisky indulgence. Few will ever get the chance to taste one, let alone own a bottle.
Distilled just before Karuizawa stopped making whisky in 1999 and 2000, this cask strength whisky was bottled as the 30th release in Maison du Whisky’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji series. Each of the batches features a different artwork created by the legendary Ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, who famously created woodblock prints of the iconic Japanese mountain from different perspectives and in different seasons and weather. The label for Batch 29 is a brightly coloured print of “Fuji View Field in Owari Province”. Framing the iconic mountain theatrically in the round of a barrel being coopered, this is clearly a whisky meant for an extremely hardworking master craftsperson.
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.
£371.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3235516
Style No.: 809348
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