Old Japanese whiskies are rare and the Karuizawa are considerably cheaper than that of the Yamazaki distillery.
I beg to differ.
a) old japanese whiskies are not particularly rare, unless you only have access to them in Europe, the UK and the States. Because they are not available there, that doesn't mean they are rare.
b) excellent single cask Yamazaki's are as cheap or cheaper than similar quality Karuizawa's, and there is far more quality Yamazaki's than there will ever be Karuizawa's.
Please don't quote me European prices as they have no bearing on my comment as I don't buy then from there. If all you know is the few overpriced Vintage Yamazaki's sold in Europe then you really don't know how many are available.
Note, I could have bought the very highly rated first release of the Hakushu 1989 Sherry Cask (about 400 odd bottles) a couple of days ago for about Euro100, far cheaper than a similarly rare and highly rated Karuizawa. The Cask Of Yamazaki 1990 Sherry Butt(JM 97/100) for about
This is not to put down Karuizawa, a whisky that I will continue to buy and enjoy as funds permit.