Karuizawa - The Emerald Geishas

The Imperial
Purple (Murasaki) Geishas

Bottled by Elixir Distillers exclusively for The Whisky Exchange

Karuizawa's whiskies are legendary, and with good reason. The product of impeccable attention to detail and the felicity of an unmatched maturation climate, they are now widely acknowledged as some of the best whiskies ever produced. Unfortunately the distillery's closure almost 20 years ago means that very few people can now experience them, which is why we are allocating these rare whiskies via ballot.

Karuizawa 33 Years Old Sherry Cask #8908

The Imperial
Purple Geishas

The Karuizawa Geishas series was created to bring the hidden beauty of the geisha to life. Often profoundly misunderstood, often written off as the product of a bygone age, the artistry of the geisha – much like that of Karuizawa – is manifestly worth celebrating. The labels, designed by our creative director Raj Chavda, pay homage to the exquisite, inaccessible beauty of the meiko on her way to become geisha.

Imperial Purple, or murasaki in Japanese, is a nod to the innate majesty that is geisha. Our Murasaki Geishas are two single malts that were both distilled in the early 1980s and transferred into demijohns when we felt they had reached the peak of perfection. They now take their fitting place in our Karuizawa Geishas series.

29 Year Old

58.4% | 60 bottles

31 Year Old

60.1% | 60 bottles

With only 60 of each bottled, we will be allocating this exquisite whisky by ballot.

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Karuizawa 35 Years Old Bourbon Cask #8518

29 Year Old
Sherry Cask

size strength

£6,000

(£8,571.42 per litre)

Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott
THE WHISKY EXCHANGE

Nose
Incense, polished oak and a touch of dusty library - old and full of complexity. Stone fruit notes develop: peach pie and dried apricots. Rich, dark fruitcake lies beneath, with raisins, dates and thick, bittersweet molasses.
Palate
Jucy and mouth-watering. Sultanas, raisins, stewed apples, peaches, pears and the apricots from the nose wash across the palate. Darkness follows: sticky liquorice, more fruitcake, singed raisins and a touch of barrel char. Clove-studded oranges appear, spicy, rich and juicy.
Finish
Brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon toast. Stewed apples and sultanas remain.
Comment
Rich dark and fruity, with a balance of fresh and sherry-cask fruit character.
Karuizawa 35 Years Old Bourbon Cask #8518

31 Year Old
Sherry Cask

size strength

£6,000

(£8,571.42 per litre)

Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott
THE WHISKY EXCHANGE

Nose
Lardy cake: layers of bread, spice, brown sugar and umami richness. Umami richness. Citrus boiled sweet notes develop: lemon and lime with a touch of sour orange. A hint of gummi jelly leads to a deep pool of spice: cinnamon allspice, clove, nutmeg and candied ginger.
Palate
Thick dark and sweet to start. Salted caramel and liquorice sticks with demerara-sugar-dusted apples and a spoon of winter-berry compote. The demerara provides a sweet base that balances more savoury notes of mushroom, forest floor and barrel char.
Finish
Savoury rancio notes fade to reveal dark sugars.
Comment
More old-fashioned in style than the 29, with savoury flavours taking the fore, carefully balanced by sweet fruit.
Karuizawa Emerald Geishas

The Ballot

The possibility of purchasing a new Karuizawa bottling doesn't come around often and when it does, the bottles are incredibly sought after; The Murasaki Geishas will therefore be sold via a ballot. There are separate ballots for each bottle and you can enter either or both - but winners will only be offered the chance to purchase one bottle.

You will be asked to enter your credit card details at checkout and if you are successful your card will be automatically charged.

The ballot will close at 23.59 GMT on Sunday 28 October 2018.

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By entering the ballot you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below.

Karuizawa bottle showing the prooftag

Prooftag

Fake bottles of rare whisky and spirits do occasionally appear on the market. It is therefore important for you to be 100% sure your bottle is genuine and contains the liquid stated on the label. The Whisky Exchange and Elixir Distillers are working with Prooftag to ensure this.

Already used in the wine industry, the Prooftag Bubble Tag™ is a unique bottle seal that allows you to authenticate your whisky. No two tags are alike, and the combination of a code and uncopiable features means that you can check online that your bottle is real. Bottle authentication and more information can be found on the Elixir Distillers website.

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Terms and Conditions

    • winners of the Karuizawa ballot will be automatically be charged for one bottle (£6,000) plus any relevant delivery fees
    • each winner can only purchase one bottle - once a person's name has been drawn as a winner, they will not be drawn as a winner for the other bottle
    • only one entry per bottle per person. Multiple entries will be ignored
    • the ballot will close at 23.59 GMT on Sunday 28 October 2018
    • the draw will take place after Monday 29 October 2018
    • ballot winners will be contacted with confirmation of purchase
    • those unsuccessful in the ballot will receive confirmation that they have not been selected
    • entering the ballot will add you to our mailing list. You will have the opportunity to unsubscribe whenever we send you an email.
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