A legend of the whisky world, the Karuizawa distillery was opened in
1955 in Miyota, Japan, rather near the active volcano Mount Asama. The
distillery housed four small stills and imported Golden Promise barley
from Scotland to create their whisky, which was then often aged in
Sherry casks. Sadly, the distillery was mothballed in 2001, with their
stocks of slowly trickling out to market, where the bottles have become
quite the collector's item for whisky enthusiasts.