Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Today, we can finally reveal some details of an extraordinary whisky we will be releasing in a few weeks’ time. It will be the fifth in our ‘Ghost series’ – and yes, we know there hasn’t been a fourth yet… but there will be by the time this fifth one sees the light of the day.
Our fifth ‘Ghost’ is very special for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s a Karuizawa and to say that we have a soft spot for that distillery is a major understatement. We just can’t get enough of it. But this is no ordinary Karuizawa. In fact, it is so unique – and we don’t use that word lightly! – that it’s safe to say nothing like this has ever been done for a distillery.
So, how many bottles are there, and how much is it going to be, I hear you think. The answer to the first one is easy: 24 bottles. The answer to the second one is trickier: hopefully a lot! Let me explain. Another aspect that makes this 5th Ghost release very special is that it is a charity bottling. Nobody involved in it – not us, not Number One Drinks, not the people at Malt City – are taking a single yen from this. Number One Drinks was kind enough to donate the actual liquid and all proceeds will go to two children’s charities in Japan, one (‘Carillon Kodomo Center’) hosts shelters for children who have been neglected or abused at home, the other (‘Shine On! Kids’) supports children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
The bottling will be officially launched at the “Spirits for Small Change” charity event, held on Sunday, July 6th at BrewDog Roppongi in Tokyo. A few bottles of the “Four Decades” Karuizawa bottling will be opened at the event so that those attending can try it. The remaining bottles will be put up for auction the day after the event, on July 7th and people anywhere in the world will be able to place a bid. The auction will be closed a week later and those who placed the highest bids will be able to buy a bottle. Details of where and how to bid will be announced in early July.
So set aside a little bit of your holiday budget if you are interested in getting a bottle of this truly special whisky… and help us help two charities whose work with and for children is phenomenal beyond description. Thanks in advance for your support!