The Distillers’ Charity is thrilled to announce that the bottle of Karuizawa ‘Five Decades’ 1960-2000, generously donated by The Kyoto Distillery raised £9,800.

Karuizawa – Five Decades Cased

The Distillers’ Charity owes a huge debt of thanks to Liverymen David Croll and Marcin Miller.

The story of how two whisky-obsessed friends grew to love Karuizawa is a fascinating one and worth sharing as we celebrate the success of the bottle’s proceeds to the Charity

Marcin first met Japan-based David at the end of the last century when looking for a partner to create a Japanese-language version of Whisky Magazine: the pair set up Number One Drinks Company in 2006 to distribute single malt whisky from smaller distillers, leading to the acquisition of the remaining stocks of Karuizawa. The fact that the purchase took David and Marcin took four years to negotiate tells us all we need to know about the partners’ determination and their love of this unique whisky.

Liverymen Marcin Miller and David Croll

Marcin states “I love the broad-shouldered, intensity of Karuizawa: every time you crack open one of these bottles you’re drinking Japanese liquid history.”

His passion for it is shared by many collectors of such fine and rare product

We were delighted to receive this donation and our grateful thanks, once again, go to David and Marcin, along with Sukhinder, Isabel and all the team at Whisky.Auction, whose Charity platform has facilitated this sale. 

The proceeds will go a long way to enabling The Distillers’ Charity to support our charity partners and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. 

Thank You

Chris Porter – Upper Warden – May 2021