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Karuizawa Budo Collection Sets Available Tomorrow


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Online retailer Dekanta will be offering sets of the three-bottle Karuizawa 35 Year Old ‘The Budō Collection’ (1981-2017) #7147 Japanese single cask whisky.

The whisky was distilled in 1981 at the Karuizawa distillery [which closed in 2000] then matured for 35 years in an ex-sherry cask, before being bottled at 51% alcohol by volume [102 proof] in 2017 and is said to contain notes of cocoa, plum, licorice and toffee.

Budō means the ‘martial way’ in Japanese and the designs for each bottle are reflections of the three modern Japanese martial arts: kendo, karate and sumo. Each set features designs from three Japanese street artists, Fate, Phil and Two One, who each have a background in martial arts. The bottles have been individually hand painted and signed by the original artists.

The stand that the bottles sit on is also inspired by martial arts, taking influence from the Japanese roof structures above traditional outdoor sumo rings, called dohyō.

Only 43 sets of Karuizawa “The Budo Collection” will be offered on November 19, 2020 for $45,000 per set of three 700ml bottles via the Dekantā website.

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