KARUIZAWA

Distillery
Founded in 1955
Karuizawa Distillery was located at Miyota, on the southern slopes of Mount Asama. The location was selected because it resembled the Highlands in Scotland. The distillery was established in 1955, and started production in 1956.

The first single malt was released from the distillery in 1976. Former Whiskies were either blends or stored for collections. Eventually the Kirin Group could not sustain premium Whisky production, and in 2000 distilling stopped. By 2011 the distillery was closed.

Karuizawa had four small stills and used Sherry casks. The barley used was imported Golden Promise barley from Scotland. Production volume was just 150,000 liters per year.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    Japan
  • Established
    1955
  • Owner
    Mercian Corporation
  • Visitor center
    No
  • Status
    Inactive
  • Address
    1795-2, Oaza, Maseguchi, Miyota-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, Japan
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The warehouses of Karuizawa were covered with ivy, which was thought to control the temperature difference.

In 1959, the Karuizawa Distillery became the first distillery to export Whisky overseas.

UK-based company Number One Drinks purchased the remaining stocks of Karuizawa’s malt Whiskies in 2011.
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