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What Affects The Price Of Karuizawa Whisky

 

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Discover The Price Of Your Karuizawa Whisky With Mark Littler Ltd

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in the valuation and sale of bottles of Karuizawa whisky and can help you get the best price for your bottle.

We have brokered the sale of thousands of bottles of whisky and can use our expert industry knowledge to give you an honest, impartial price for your bottle of Karuizawa.

If you are looking to sell your whisky we can source no obligation offers from our international network of buyers. We can also advise whether an auction or private sale will be best for you.

Mark Littler Ltd are proud to offer the highest level of expert advice to our clients and we have over 250 independent, five-star reviews.

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The History Of Karuizawa

Originally established by Mercian, Karuizawa is the producer of some of the world’s most highly regarded and sought-after Japanese single malts. The name is taken from a spa town at the base of Mount Asama that can be found when you are travelling to Nagano from Tokyo. It was the site of the Olympic Games in 1998 and is considered to be an extremely sacred and holy area.

The distillery was originally built during the 60s and was at the time owned by Sanraku, a sake brand. Everything takes place in one building, from mashing to the fermentation and distillation. Although the water they use comes from the Asama, they import selected malt from Scotland along with many of the company’s casks.

Karuizawa’s 12, 15, 17 and 21-year-old malt bottlings won medals at London’s International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2001 and are also responsible for the highly desirable Vintage range. This was launched in 2002 and consists of cask strength, un-chill-filtered single malts. There are other ranges from Karuizawa that are imported and bottled by Number One Drinks, across Europe, such as Noh and Number One Drinks. These varieties are considered to have a more unique taste and character.

The Karuizawa distillery produced outstanding whisky, many of their releases have received international acclaim. They have created almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rare over time.

What To Look For

Recently, a bottle of 52-year-old bottle of Karuizawa Single Cask sold for over £100,000. The bottle was distilled in 1960 and matured in single ex-sherry cask #5627 that eventually yielded only 41 bottles. Each of the 41 bottles was individually named and adorned with a unique katabori netsuke (carved figurine) which hangs from each of the bottle necks. The bottle most-recently sold was named “The Archer” as the figurine is carrying a bow and arrow.

The packaging of Karuizawa bottles is no-less spectacular; adopting an East-meets-West approach, it features a pair of Washi (Japanese paper – the word “washi” comes from wa meaning ‘Japanese’ and shi meaning ‘paper’) labels; one of the labels is hand-painted in Japan, the other is printed in Glasgow. The inner box being consists of a traditional Japanese puzzle-box, made in England from dark Wenge wood, and embellished with pieces of their respective casks. By contrast, the outer box is produced from lightly coloured White Ash wood, this box was designed to create visual representation of the whisky’s cask storage; a beautiful wooden exterior with a charred wooden interior, protecting the whisky stored within.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Karuizawa Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Karuizawa. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Karuizawa. 

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Karuizawa is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of  Karuizawa

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Karuizawa whisky?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

There is more information about each section below the form.

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Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Have you ever wondered what your bottle of Japanese whisky is worth?

Use this guide to find out more or get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

The History Of Karuizawa

Originally established by Mercian, Karuizawa is the producer of some of the world’s most highly regarded and sought-after Japanese single malts. The name is taken from a spa town at the base of Mount Asama that can be found when you are travelling to Nagano from Tokyo. It was the site of the Olympic Games in 1998 and is considered to be an extremely sacred and holy area.

The distillery was originally built during the 60s and was at the time owned by Sanraku, a sake brand. Everything takes place in one building, from mashing to the fermentation and distillation. Although the water they use comes from the Asama, they import selected malt from Scotland along with many of the company’s casks.

Karuizawa’s 12, 15, 17 and 21-year-old malt bottlings won medals at London’s International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2001 and are also responsible for the highly desirable Vintage range. This was launched in 2002 and consists of cask strength, un-chill-filtered single malts. There are other ranges from Karuizawa that are imported and bottled by Number One Drinks, across Europe, such as Noh and Number One Drinks. These varieties are considered to have a more unique taste and character.

The Karuizawa distillery produced outstanding whisky, many of their releases have received international acclaim. They have created almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rare over time.

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in the valuation and sale of bottles of whisky and can help you get the best price for your bottle. Contact us for a free valuation using the form below, and read on for more information on your bottle.

Free Valuation Request

Bottle Valuation Form Mini
PLEASE SELECT
Please upload a photo of your bottle standing upright
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

What To Look For

Recently, a bottle of 52-year-old bottle of Karuizawa Single Cask sold for over £100,000. The bottle was distilled in 1960 and matured in single ex-sherry cask #5627 that eventually yielded only 41 bottles. Each of the 41 bottles was individually named and adorned with a unique katabori netsuke (carved figurine) which hangs from each of the bottle necks. The bottle most-recently sold was named “The Archer” as the figurine is carrying a bow and arrow.

The packaging of Karuizawa bottles is no-less spectacular; adopting an East-meets-West approach, it features a pair of Washi (Japanese paper – the word “washi” comes from wa meaning ‘Japanese’ and shi meaning ‘paper’) labels; one of the labels is hand-painted in Japan, the other is printed in Glasgow. The inner box being consists of a traditional Japanese puzzle-box, made in England from dark Wenge wood, and embellished with pieces of their respective casks. By contrast, the outer box is produced from lightly coloured White Ash wood, this box was designed to create visual representation of the whisky’s cask storage; a beautiful wooden exterior with a charred wooden interior, protecting the whisky stored within.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Karuizawa Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Karuizawa. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Karuizawa. 

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Karuizawa is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Karuizawa Whisky Value

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of  Karuizawa

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Karuizawa whisky?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

Bottle Valuation Form
Images Of Your Bottle (stood upright ideally)
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Bottle Selling FAQ

Asset 4
Asset 8
Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google