The Japanese distillery has been closed since 2000 and as global interest in Japanese whisky has grown in recent years, demand for stock from it has increased dramatically, along with the price of the remaining bottles, which have reached prices in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars on the secondary market.
The new private label bottling of rare Karuizawa single malt, features hand-painted street art inspired by Japanese modern martial arts.
Each of the bottles includes art from one of three Japanese street artists, individually hand-painted by the original artists, and inspired by one of three modern Japanese martial arts: Kendo, Karate and Sumo.
Called ‘The Budo Collection’, the set consists of three bottles of Karuizawa 35 Year Old (1981-2017) Single Cask Whisky bottled at 51% ABV,
Budō is a Japanese term to describe martial arts, and translates literally to ‘The Martial Way’. The name was chosen to celebrate the dedication to craft which is shared by martial arts practitioners, street artists and master distillers alike.