CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Distillery Bottling.
BOTTLING SERIE: Fugaku Sanjurokkei - 11th Release.
ABV: 60.5% Vol.
"Fugaku Sanjurokkei" is a series of landscape prints by the prominent Japanese ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) artist Hokusai. The term literally means "36 Views of Mount Fuji", for which Hokusai depicts Mount Fuji from different locations in various weather conditions. Karuizawa has adopted the theme and introduced Fugaku Sanjurokkei Series, exhibiting one of the 36 striking prints in each release. These releases are drawn from casks of 1999 and 2000 vintages and bottled at cask strength.
Karuizawa distillery sat in the foothills of Mount Asama, where the chilly climate provided an excellent condition for the production of whisky. Though small, this distillery was known for producing whisky of the finest quality. The distillery was closed in 2011 and hence has made the Karuizawa whiskies extremely rare and valuable.
The 1999-2000 cask strength series comes from the final years of the distilleries production. This one is one of the latest releases in 2016 and marks the 8th edition of this series. This edition presents the "Yoshida on the Tokaido Highway". Living in the age of Edo, every day can be Sunday. The life is so free that they can have an up-and-go travel whenever they want to. The painting shows a tea room located on the Tōkaidō, where travelers can take a rest and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Fuji.