Karuizawa Distillery was once owned by Daikoku Budoshu. They produced whiskey which use only Golden Promise barley and sherry casks, wooden washbacks and water from Mt Asama, an active volcano. Distilled in four small pot stills and aged in ivy covered warehouses. The distillery ended in 2000 and closed in 2012 after repeated absorption merger. It is a whiskey that has been highly evaluated among Japanese whiskeys, it became a major topic that whiskey was sold for auction and was awarded at a high price even after the distillery was closed.