|Speciality Drinks Ltd
|Spirit of Asama
|The Whisky Exchange
|In Original Box
Colour: full gold.
Nose: ah yes, there’s the same kind of rancio that we already had in the ‘46’, as well as two or three struck matches and then some kind of mentholated prunes and bacon. More and more polished wood after that, old furniture, some dark chocolate and just touches of eau-de-vie. Becomes earthier and more leathery after a few minutes.
Mouth: excellent. The first thing I like here is the complexity and these notes of old sherry, between chocolate fudge and pipe tobacco. After that, it’s the ginger and various herbs that start to talk, together with a little white pepper and quite some marmalade. Too my liking, to say the least.
Finish: long and nervous, quite rich, with the herbs bringing more freshness. More marmalade as well, jams…
Comments: the first Asama was an excellent surprise so this one can’t be any, Alzheimer’s hasn’t stricken yet (hopefully!)
A Treasure Bottled by Speciality Drinks Ltd
When it comes to rare and highly sought-after whiskies, Karuizawa distillery from Japan holds a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts. Known for producing exceptional single malts, Karuizawa whiskies have become synonymous with exclusivity and exceptional quality. Among the remarkable releases from this legendary distillery is the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, a true gem that showcases the artistry and craftsmanship for which Karuizawa is renowned.
Bottled in 2012, the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama was lovingly selected and released by Speciality Drinks Ltd, an independent bottler owned by The Whisky Exchange. This bottling represents a collaboration between two respected names in the whisky world, ensuring that whisky lovers are in for a treat.
Named after the iconic Mount Asama, a sacred and majestic volcano located near the distillery, the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama captures the essence of the surrounding natural beauty. From the moment the bottle is opened, the captivating aromas of this exceptional whisky transport you to the peaceful and serene atmosphere of Karuizawa.
With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 48%, the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama offers a harmonious and well-balanced experience on the palate. Each sip reveals layers of complexity and sophistication, showcasing the depth of flavors that have developed over the years of maturation. From rich notes of dark chocolate and dried fruits to hints of oak and delicate spices, this whisky delights the senses with its intricate flavor profile.
What sets Karuizawa whiskies apart is not only their exceptional quality but also their rarity. The distillery ceased production in 2000, making every bottle a precious and limited treasure. The Karuizawa Spirit of Asama is no exception, and its scarcity adds to its allure, making it highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world.
Speciality Drinks Ltd, with their expertise and dedication to sourcing and bottling exceptional whiskies, has ensured that the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama is presented in its purest form. Every aspect, from the meticulous cask selection to the attention to detail in the bottling process, reflects the commitment to excellence that both Speciality Drinks Ltd and The Whisky Exchange are known for.
For whisky enthusiasts and collectors, acquiring a bottle of Karuizawa Spirit of Asama is not only a testament to their passion for exceptional whisky but also an opportunity to own a piece of whisky history. Its rarity, combined with the extraordinary craftsmanship of Karuizawa and the expertise of Speciality Drinks Ltd, makes this bottling a true collector's item.
Whether enjoyed as a treasured addition to a whisky collection or savored sip by sip on special occasions, the Karuizawa Spirit of Asama is a whisky that embodies the legacy and spirit of one of Japan's most iconic distilleries.