Karuizawa
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Karuizawa

1988, Aged 17 Years

ABV 59.3%

Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.

Martine Nouet

Specification

Karuizawa

Brand

1988, Aged 17 Years

Expression

Single Malt

Type

No age statement

Age (Years)

59.3%

ABV

Japan

Region/Country

Standard (Distillery or blended)

Bottling Type

Tasting Notes

Martine Nouet

Taster

Nose: Spirity at first then vanilla smooths the rough edges. Sherry shows up. Plum jam, fig molasses. Oak makes its way quite assertively.

Palate: Definitely sherried. Chocolate, dried fruit. Develops on dry bitterness. Water takes astringence away, but then too much sugar.

Finish: Dry, oaky, astringent.

Comment: Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.

Score: 7.3

Dave Broom

Taster

Nose: Exotic: flat cola, wet bamboo, hedgerow, sour black cherry mixed with coconut, chocolate and green fig. With water, eucalyptus.

Palate: Shows real maturity, complexity and balance. Tongue-coating with layers of flavour and good weight. The oiliest so far.

Finish: Long, with a refreshing tart grip.

Comment: This has excellent backbone and manages to integrate fully the bitter edge that creeps into many of these.

Score: 8.8

8
Overall Score

From The Distillery

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