Karuizawa 1996-1997 Sumo: 48 Wrestlers

HKD 159 057,77

WOOCS 2.2.7

On request

This is a stunning 3 bottle presentation, each of which is vintage single cask bottling from the legendary Japanese distillery.


1996 Sherry Cask, bottled 2017 from cask #3648. 62.5%
1997 Sherry Cask, bottled 2017 from cask #824. 58.9%
1996 Sherry Cask, bottled 2017 from cask #3680. 61.0%


There are only 177 bottles of each, and the presentation features the Edo era artwork, 48 Wrestlers, depicting the national sport of Sumo.

Type: Japanese whisky
Distillery: Karuizawa
Bottled by: Distillery Bottling
Vintage: 1996 & 1997
Number of bottles: 177
Strength: see description above
Single cask and cask strength

Packaging: stunning black presentation box

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Tasting notes

Tasting notes

„First it’s brilliant whisky, and second, it’s ‘different’ whisky. Respect.”

-Serge Valentin, Whisky Fun

“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.”

-Stefan Van Eycken, Nonjatta

“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.”

-Dave Broom


Karuizawa 1964

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.

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