Karuizawa is, without doubt, the most wanted closed distillery stock in the world. Certainly those who bought the remaining Karuizawa casks when the distillery closed made a fortuitous purchase. Karuizawa opened its doors in 1955 until being mothballed in 2000 and eventually closed in 2011, with the land being sold in 2012, just before Yamazaki brought Japanese whisky to the world’s attention by picking up dozens of awards across many categories. All the whisky that remained in cask were purchased, rebranded, and released as a series of luxury products.