1988, Cask No. 3397

ABV 59.8%
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Brand: Karuizawa
Expression: 1988, Cask No. 3397
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2007
ABV: 59.8%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Deep and mature yet with sufficient freshness to give it lift. Humus and fresh fennel. Quite restrained yet funky.
Palate: Good feel. Creamy, sweet and quite hot with a deep, solid centre. Light tannins. Powerful with real depth. Blossoms on the back palate.
Finish: Rich and fruity.
Comment: Does that paradoxical and very Japanese thing of being able to have real lift while going deep at the same time.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Rich, complex oaky notes which slowly unwind to release stewed fruit. Cooked apricots. Apple compote. Wood is well integrated. When aerated, some luscious coffee notes.
Palate: Frisky, a bit sharp. Gets sherbety. Then a malty sweetness tries to calm the game but spices block the way.
Finish: Dry, biting, spicy.
Comment: The nose does not say it all. The old man is still sprightly.
Visit the distillery
Karuizawa (Closed 2011) Distillery, Naganoken, Kitasakogun, Miyotamachi, Oaza Maseguchi, Japan
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