Karuizawa

Aged 12 Years

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 64
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Specifications
Brand: Karuizawa
Expression: Aged 12 Years
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Woody. Rich oak. Burnt wood. But also a touch of wet damp cellar with must on the walls.
Palate: Thick, syrupy. Smooth and sweet. Chestnut purée. Wood is more integrated than expected. Coffee toffee.
Finish: Long, peppery.
Comment: Reveals more balance on the palate than expected. Certainly on the wood side but in a rich and complex way.
8.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Very odd: turnip skin, bread crust, burning wood. With water, Indian spices and blonde tobacco notes.
Palate: Liquorous. Marsala-like burnt edge. A little tannic and tight in the mouth. Water loosens things up bringing out orange and chocolate.
Finish: Short, slightly bitter.
Comment: Can't quite get over that odd nose.
7.0
Visit the distillery
Karuizawa (Closed 2011) Distillery, Naganoken, Kitasakogun, Miyotamachi, Oaza Maseguchi, Japan
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