Karuizawa started as a small distillery, situated in Mount Asama, thawing snow and chilly climate provided an excellent location for whisky making. Karuizawa whiskies are noted for their floral scent and maturity, making them highly sought-after products.
The founder, Suzuki Chuji, the second son of the Ajinnomoto Brand, who was brewing sake before distilling whisky in 1939. In 1949, the name of the company was changed to Miraku Breweries Corp and in 1955, Karuizawa distillery was built near Mount Asama, and whisky production began.
The distillery was acquired as a subsidiary of Kirin Holdings in mid 2000s, however Kirin was not able to sustain premium whisky production, so the Karuizawa Distillery was closed in 2011.
Kariuizawa is now a rare, world famous whisky due to the it's difficult availability.