Karuizawa Distillery

Status: Closed & demolished

Established: 1956

Owner: Kirin Holdings Company Limited

Capacity: No longer operational

Visitor Policy: Not generally accessible

Tel: No longer operational

Website: View website

Address: 1795-2 Oaza Maseguchi, Miyotamachi, Kitasakugun, 389-0207 Nagano Prefecture Japan

Sadly the Karuizawa distillery closed at the end of 2011 after more than a decade of inactivity. Pronounced ‘karo-zau-wa’ and named after and sited close to the town of Karuizawa high in the Japanese Alps, the distillery sat on the southern slopes of Mount Asama. This active volcano last erupted in early February 2009 and the malt it produced also has something of a reputation for being powerful.

They make

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