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The fifth instalment in the Karuizawa Geishas series, bottled by Elixir Distillers and exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, is comprised of two single-cask bottlings of this profoundly-rare and sought-after spirit.
Aged in sherry casks for 31 and 36 years respectively, these Sapphire Geishas showcase the rich and lavish characteristics for which Karuizawa’s output is so famed.
Tasting notes for the 31-year-old include aromas of chocolate and leather, leading to dried fruits and a “deep, earthy savouriness” on the palate.
The 36-year-old is said to have notes of dried cherries, raisins, leafy, damp wood and cedar on the nose. The palate is described as having flavours of chocolate covered liquorice, blackcurrants, tar, spice and brown sugar.
Type: Japanese single cask whisky
Bottled by: Elixir Distillers for The Whisky Exchange
Age: 31 and 36
Cask numbers: 31 – #3558 and 36 – #5077
Cask types: sherry
Strength: 31 – 58,9% and 36 – 61,2%
Quantity: 31 – 146 and 36 – 105 bottles
„First it’s brilliant whisky, and second, it’s ‘different’ whisky. Respect.”
“And what it is, is one of those rare whiskies that creates a world of its own and holds it together so beautifully it’s almost like an image of nature at its best.”
“Typically bold – that’s the Karuizawa style – while age has allowed a crisp quality to develop on the plate which plays off the depth of the nose.”
Karuizawa 1964 is one of the last remaining 1960s casks of Karuizawa that survived until 2012. On the date of market launch, this 48-year-old edition was also the oldest Karuizawa whisky ever released. Additionally, it was the oldest Japanese single cask whisky in history.
There were only 143 numbered bottles of this beverage on the market. Therefore, a special booklet about Karuizawa was created by David Broom, one of the most recognised whisky critics around the globe and a columnist for Whisky Magazine. Each bottle of Karuizawa 1964 was accompanied with this booklet.