Shirakawa 1958 Liquid History
Shirakawa 1958 Liquid History
Shirakawa 1958 Liquid History
Shirakawa 1958 Liquid History

The World's Rarest Japanese Whisky

Shirakawa 1958 Liquid History

£25,000.00 inc VAT.
£20,833.33 exc VAT.

Pre-order the world's rarest Japanese Whisky. Dispatched after 20th September 2022

Single Malt Japanese Whisky

  • 70cl / 700ml
  • 49% ABV
  • 1500 Bottles Worldwide
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • Natural Colour

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: This aged single malt displays complex layers of waxy oak-driven aromas whilst retaining the vibrancy of a truly exceptional spirit. Sweet fruit and nut in the form of marzipan, candied pineapple and orange liqueur are to the fore, gradually making way for more organic notes of cut grass, honeysuckle and coconut. The seductive scent of exotic incense captures waves of spices, floraland woody aromas.

Palate: The balance of maturity and vibrancy continues well onto the palate. An almost effervescent apple and zingy lime curd are quickly balanced by soft marzipan and white chocolate. This mix of fruit and nut evolves into a tropical trail mix with a dusting of cinnamon and ginger.

Finish: In time, the fruits dissipate leaving a soft nuttiness,light spice and a touch of smoke.

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Shirakawa 1958 is a bottle of ancient Japanese single malt whisky with a remarkable story to tell.

The Shirakawa distillery was built 200km north of Tokyo in 1939 by Daikoku Budoshu, the company that went on to build Karuizawa distillery in 1956.

A multi-purpose distillery that also made shochu for much of its lifetime, Shirakawa was purchased by Daikoku's parent company Takara Shuzo in 1947, and from 1951 to 1969 was focused on malt whisky production for Takara's blended whiskies - but was never bottled as a single malt.

Shirakawa subsequently reverted to distilling shochu and none of the distillery's malt whisky was thought to survive, but in 2019, following enquiries by Stephen Bremner, the MD of Takara Shuzo's Tomatin distillery, a small quantity was discovered in stainless steel tanks at one of Takara's subsidiaries.

This Shirakawa whisky was distilled in 1958 and was aged in oak casks - most likely Mizunara wood - at the distillery before being transferred to ceramic jars and subsequently to the stainless steel tanks in which it was found. The exact length of time this 1958 Shirakawa was aged in oak is unclear, as many records were lost when the Shirakawa distillery was demolished in 2003, however there's no question that this is an enormously significant find for Japanese whisky.

Shirakawa 1958 has been bottled at its cask strength of 49% in a special edition of 1500 bottles and is a completely one-off bottling. This will be the first and last Shirakawa whisky ever bottled - Takara Shuzo have confirmed that there is no more in their inventory. The terms 'unique' and 'liquid history' are horribly over-used in whisky marketing, but this 1958 Shirakawa is the genuine article.

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