My question than is this: how does one find out about their availability? I read that the last Karuizawa Noh sold out on a British website in 17 minutes.
Is it the fancy label you are 'seduced' by or the whisky inside?
I'm more of fan of Hanyu than Karuizawa(personal taste), but the Noh Hanyu I've had doesn't work that well for me. Reason, fully sherry matured or sherry finished Hanyu's/Ichiro's Malts(same thing) are the least successful style that distillery has produced IMO. Unless that is you like gunpowder/matchheads/sulphur. Some have less of this than others the Noh being at the upper end of the scale. It not a bad whisky the Noh, just not great.
As for Karuizawa, reasonable well priced for what they are when first introduced to UK/Europe, I personally find no value in them now(well the one's sold there). I have some really good ones and some really crap ones. It's down the list of my favorite Japanese distilleries, so no need for me bothering to paying the money being asked these days in UK/Europe. I've had/have a number of other Japanese whiskys I'd rate in the 90's that cost 100 bucks or less.
Best someone who loves Karuizawa's answer about their Noh bottlings as you may have similar tastes and are prepared to pay the money being asked for them.
Oh I guess I answered your second question. You will find them on whiskyauction.
After reading several blogs and seeing 'best whisky I have ever tried', 'in my top 5 all-time whiskies' and 'a once-in-a-lifetime whisky experience' I was intrigued. I know the prices have blown up and they are selling for 300-500 euros on whisky auction sites, but they were originally around 127 - 179 pounds (depending on the release) on Masters of Malt. For all the accolades, this seemed like a fairly reasonable price. What I was trying to ask is: are these bottles released at this price every so often, and if so, is there a way to get advanced warning?
I have to admit that the packaging is really cool, but that's not the real reason.
Any recommendations for a place to start with Japanese whisky? All I've seen in my neck of the woods is Yoichi 10, Nikka and Yamazaki from 10 - 18.
No advanced warnings about releases I'm afraid. And no, when they are will not be at those prices. See TWE for latest price on Karuizawa ie
The fact that they have a Noh label rather than a more generic label means nothing in regards to quality.
Bredman, that's exactly what I thought/feared - that those prices are a thing of the past.
Thanks again to both.
dramtastic wrote:bredman wrote:The first Nohs were £60-70 iirc and the last one was £135 on release. The next one could be double that.
Did you manage to pick any up at the original prices?
I picked up the #5004 (iirc) Noh for about £70 and polished it off years ago. It was a fantastic whisky. I wish i bought 5 cases
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