€ 9 600,00On request
The Karuizawa 1981/2013 31yo 60.5% cask#78 Prendre le Rythme, a crown jewel in the prestigious YUUKA series, a collection of single cask whiskies handpicked for the celebrated French liquor empire, La Maison Du Whisky. The illustrious YUUKA series comprises four unique bottles, with Prendre le Rythme, distilled in October 1981 and bottled in July 2013, maturing in a Sherry Butt cask, standing as one of its radiant stars.
As the Japanese proverb goes, ‘Beautiful flowers bloom from beautiful seeds.’ This echoes in every drop of the Karuizawa 1981/2013 31yo 60.5% cask#78 Prendre le Rythme, a radiant embodiment of the rich tradition of Karuizawa Distillery, lovingly cultivated and matured over 31 years.
Type: Japanese whisky
Cask Type: Sherry Butt
Cask Number: 78
Number of bottles: 375
1 in stock
Karuizawa, a tranquil mountain town at the foot of the active Mount Asama, is the birthplace of this extraordinary whisky. In 1956, the beverage titan, Daikoku Budoshu, amplified their flourishing dominion by erecting a distillery with the sole aim of crafting a single malt for their distinguished blends. Christened ‘Ocean’, the distillery soon started working with the revered Golden Promise barley, mirroring Macallan‘s choice, and matured their unique spirit in sherry casks.
The 1980s and 90s brought an economic surge to Japan, birthing a generation drawn towards the new and the modern, and away from what they considered antiquated. Consequently, the appeal of robust, character-filled whiskies, like those crafted at Karuizawa, started to wane. Despite its small scale and the robust personality of its whiskies, Karuizawa fell out of favor, leading to its closure in 2000 and ultimate demolition in 2016.
In 2007, independent bottler Number One Drinks acquired the remaining stocks of the then-named Ocean Karuizawa Distillery. The introduction of this distinctive whisky to the European market, coupled with its limited availability, triggered an exciting frenzy among whisky enthusiasts and collectors, driving a thriving secondary market.
The Karuizawa 1981/2013 31yo 60.5% cask#78 Prendre le Rythme is more than a beverage, it’s a story – a story of transformation, perseverance, and utmost dedication to quality. Each sip of this 31-year-old, Sherry Butt cask matured whisky, offers a journey into Karuizawa’s rich past, its distinctive flavour profile a testament to its historical roots and journey.
Partake in the captivating saga of Karuizawa Distillery with the Karuizawa 1981/2013 31yo 60.5% cask#78 Prendre le Rythme. Allow its allure to invite you into a world of rare and exceptional whisky. After all, ‘No road is long with good company,’ as the Japanese saying goes, and this whisky is the best companion you can ask for.