Karuizawa 1967

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
42 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange - 10 Years Online
Added on
22 Nov 2009 9:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 18288.73

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1967

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.25 points

  1. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Complex sherry bomb with an extremely long finish. One of the best Japanese whiskys ...
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  2. Danielito scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Complex, harmonious and long lasting finish. Full of chocolates, cacao, forest fruits, cherry, dark tea and other. All of that with a touch of pepper, salt, and even smoke.

  3. Danielito scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Complex, harmonious and long lasting finish. Full of chocolates, cacao, forest fruits, cherry, dark tea and other. All of that with a touch of pepper, salt, and even smoke.

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best part, endless and extremely rich, I could sniff this for hours. The palate is fresh but a little bit disappointing due to sudden changes into oakness. (maybe the expectation was too high) Nonetheless legendary!
    • Nose
      Oh, very dense and classic old sherry, violet flowers, black currents, underneath there is noticeable oiliness, such as pine oil, or petrol, some high esters are there. All those oily olives, long-aged ham, and nuts! The integration is perfect and there are no off-notes at all. Head to head to another sherry monster Black Bowmore 2nd edition: This one is clearly richer and more fruity, with a lot of high-end leather, iodine and honey ham, countless flavors! Dark chocolates are the backbone, with prominent spices such as star anise and cinnamon. The thickness of the nose is just seductive and endless.
    • Taste
      Very powerful and salty introduction, then it becomes a heaven of sherry flavors: dark fruits, raisins. The fruity side turns very quickly to a minty chocolaty side, a little bitter but overall very refreshing. Those old sherry monster are never tiring. Finally, the dark chocolate flavors dominate.
    • Finish
      Medium-Long, dark chocolates with tons of spices. Then a lot of amazing flavors from the sea, toasted seaweeds and oysters. Violet flowers.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Ok after giving this a massive score baring in mind it is the best vintage wink  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/37257/glenlivet-1967 (98) 

    I need to put it H2H against other whiskies I have rated highly 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9189/tormore-1966-sa (97) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/glenfiddich-1956-it (96)  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10911/longrow-1974-sa (96) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11867/karuizawa-1967 (95) 

    This is a scoring re-evaluation for me to see if I am scoring correctly, a reset if you like.  Only got time to try neat so here goes, the Glenfiddich 1st as it is the most delicate from memory  

    Glenfiddich it - Fantastic nose but not as complex on the palate as I remember, still lovely?  

    Tormore sa- A young sherry fizz bomb, as its younger there is more fruit, majestic, old glendronach/Glenglassaugh 1st fill cannot hold a candle to this and their high scores appear bogus in comparison.  

    Karuizawa 67 - Good but like Glendronach aged stuff not in the same league but this is better than any Gledronach IMHO (I use Glendronach merely to illustrate a highly regarded aged sherry monster), well its at least on par anyway.

    Good stuff more bubblegum notes this time. 

    Longrow sa - What a nose this has, one of the best, awesome overall, cannot fault this in any way, perfect but my palate has been smashed by this one.   Will need a break for the Glenlivet  so far 

    NOSE   1 - Glenfiddich  2 - Longrow  3 - Tormore  4 - Karuizawa

    PALATE  1 - Longrow  2 - Tormore  2 - Glenfiddich (equal)  4 - Karuizawa 

    At the moment the Glenfiddich and Karuizawa are dropping a point as does the Tormore but the Longrow goes up a point., saying that the nose on the Glenfiddich is at 99p  so where does this Glenlivet fit in? 

    OMG, yes it is still 97p verging on 98, cannot decide but it is a work of art, you know what  I cannot really split the Glenlivet and the longrow but I will give the Glenlivet the nod by a whisker. 

    Holy Cow, what a surprise. 


    after much deliberation I left the KZ at 95 and the Glenfiddich at 96 as the nose on this is the best out of anyhing I can remember, its a 98 nose at least maybe 99 on sweet coffee.  The Tormore drops a point almost 2 but its only a single point in front of the KZ. The Longrow goes up a point and well deserved and the Glenlivet stays on top at 98, for now anyway, next week I might think differently remember this H2H is just a snapshot in time.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I will now compare this to the Glenfarclas 40 year 105 that I scored at 95 points, whisky like this requires stiff competition to accurately gauge its qualities.

    H2H with this GF



    The nose of the Glenfarclas is more delicate than the KZ and it is more vibrant also but I actually notice a slight bitterness this time that I never noticed before.
    The bitterness soon goes on the GF with some peat creeping in but its basically more fireworks on the palate but on the whole the Karuizawa has more body and a little more depth of profile.
    I think the KZ wins this scrap by a whisker so I will revers my original scores meaning 94p for the GF and 95 for the KZ.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    There is no doubting the quality here but just slightly in the cask too long but I am nit picking.

    A fruit & peaty sherry bomb that shows its age.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A very nice old Karuizawa
    • Nose
      You can smell the wood here and very old cherry of course.

      Burnt treacle, balsamic glaze, dark fruit jams, dark plum skins.

      Oxo drink, beef but the top layer of meat when cooked and gone slightly crispy.

      Something like chocolate orange with plain chocolate.

      Whiffs of peat smoke mixed in with dark forest fruits.

      A very rich whisky.
    • Taste
      Peat is to the fore here mixed in with black currants , black cherry and black coffee, yes its that heavy.

      Not as woody as the nose suggested with some raspberry fizz coming through and the peat just grows and keeps exploding on the tongue.

      The fruit grows mixing in with the dark meat and the obvious wood.

      A multi layered palate
    • Finish
      Long, with the dark fruits evident to the end, peat is in the background as is the sherbet fizz

  9. ovanpuyvelde did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 7505€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).

  10. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 9.893 € at Whiskyauction in Nov. 2015and for 7.305 € in Oct. 2015


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