Karuizawa

1984 CASK #4021

ABV 64.5%
REVIEWED Issue 109
Specifications
Brand: Karuizawa
Expression: 1984 CASK #4021
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 64.5%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Karuizawa (Closed 2011) Distillery, Naganoken, Kitasakogun, Miyotamachi, Oaza Maseguchi, Japan
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Deep earth tones, ploughed fields, leaf mulch. Dried apricots and papaya. Anote reminiscent of old bound books, leather armchairs.
Palate: Spirity at first then those earthy notes come through with hard Harrogatetoffee, ginger snap biscuits and Chantilly cream.
Finish: Lush and lovely.
Comment: Nice stuff, balanced and intriguing.
8.0
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Malty. Digestive biscuits. An earthy note too. Humus, wet leaves. In time dried fruit (apricot). Old leather.
Palate: Crisp and fizzy. Even prickly. The alcohol bites at first then a toffee sweetness calms the game.
Finish: Dry, leaving a dusty feel.
Comment: Interesting aromatic profile but the alcohol strength makes it too harsh. Water does not soothe it, and that makes it difficult to really appreciate for me.
7.5
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