Karuizawa is an increasingly rare Japanese single malt from a permanently closed distillery.
When Karuizawa was built in 1955, the goal was to create a Japanese whisky in the Scottish tradition. In the mid-1950s, that meant Sherry-aged whiskies like The Macallan. As such, the distillery used small stills and Sherry butts that were modified to fit the wine racks that had previously been used on the site when it operated as a winery. They also imported 100% Scottish barley (from 1994, exclusively Golden Promise – a richly flavoured spring barley variety).