Karuizawa 1981 Of. Single Cask 7924 LMDW Vintage Label

  • 56.60% |
  • 0.70L

A Japanese single malt distilled in 1981 at Karuizawa, aged in ex-sherry casks and bottled on 21 October 2011 at cask strength by Number One Drinks for La …More info

Description du lot

  • Distillery: Karuizawa
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Japan , Honshu - Nagano
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • State: 1 wax capsule, 1 good appearance

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Karuizawa 1981 Of. Single Cask 7924 LMDW Vintage Label

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Fine Spirits Auction Price(1) corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer. (1)

  • Current Price Estimate

  • €3,206
  • €4,768 (Highest price)
  • €4,768 (Lowest price)

Latest auction prices

  • 08/12/2023 €4,768
  • 11/12/2020 €4,366

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Lot presentation
Karuizawa 1981 Of. Single Cask 7924 LMDW Vintage Label

Cuvée presentation

A Japanese single malt distilled in 1981 at Karuizawa, aged in ex-sherry casks and bottled on 21 October 2011 at cask strength by Number One Drinks for La Maison du Whisky. A limited edition of 216 bottles for France. Bottle equipped with a cork stopper covered in black wax. Signed Y. Nakazato.

The distillery Karuizawa

Japan, Nagano. Distillery closed and dismantled.

Mothballed in the early 2000s, Karuizawa closed definitively in Spring 2012. Located at the foot of one of Japan's most active volcanoes, Mont Asama, Karuizawa began distilling in 1956. Equipped with small direct coal-fired stills, Karuizawa produced a robust, full-bodied malt that took perfectly to long maturation in ex-sherry casks from Spain (first fill) and Scotland (second fill, such as Mortlach). Karuizawa was a malt distilled to produce the Ocean blends of the Daikoku group. Bottlings of single malts were at the time reserved for the distillery's visitor centre and a handful of private clients. These hand-bottled versions were offered as cask strength, single cask vintages. Only what was needed for the bottling was removed from the cask, with the rest left to continue ageing in barrel. This practice explains why the same barrel can exist in various bottlings of different ages and versions. This means that the 1970 cask #6177 exists under two labels, one a 31 Year Old Distillery Edition (2002) and the other a 42 Year Old Vintage Single Cask Edition (2012). It was under the aegis of Number One Drinks, who bought the 300 or so barrels still available at the distillery in 2006, that Karuizawa joined the ranks of legend.

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Detailed characteristics

  • Distillery: Karuizawa
  • Vintage: 1981
  • Bottler: Of.
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Japan , Honshu - Nagano
  • Alcohol percentage: 56.60 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • State: 1 wax capsule, 1 good appearance
  • Case: Yes
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Color: Brown

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