Karuizawa 1976

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky - Kamiasobi - Hagoromo
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
63.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 jan 2010 9:22 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 10013.67

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1976

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.03 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Rather dry and serious, heavy wood with a touch of (good) leather notes, better sweetness in the finish - great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, dried fruits, dates, figs, old sherry wood, hints of leather, menthol, eucalyptus, nutty, spices, nutmeg, cloves, ppper, hints of cooked fruits, orange zest, jam, dark forrest fruits - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, spicy, little liquorice, little sweetness, dried dates, leather notes, old wood, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, espresso, cigar tobacco, dark chocolate, cocoa, little earthy - still excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, burning, spicy, woody, little tannic, espresso, more sweetness, better

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A 1oz sample from a very good friend, from the days of yore when a Karuizawa doesn't cost an arm and two legs.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Loads of dried herbs... all kinds. Black tea. Blackcurrant juice. Blueberries. Earthy forest, full of mist, cool air, and a hint of mint. Mushrooms! The good kind! Seriously, this is a very nice beginning to a tasting!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Certainly high strength, but actually rather balanced, to be honest, for something that is 61% in ABV. Oh, this is so typical Karuizawa.. with an elegant sherried profile combined with a certain dirtiness, less so dirty here than some others. Again, lots of mushrooms.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Terrific stuff. It's not mindblowingly great, but it's unique (ie.. it's a Karuizawa).

  3. el Gato scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Karuizawa. 93-94p.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Classic Karuizawa galore. Fireworks and some burnt notes. Deep sherry notes of course. Leather and chocolate and touch of dark fruits. Then Mazarin. Nutty. Almonds. Strawberries. Herbs. Medicinal and aceton.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Lovely and oily mouthfeel. Clementines. Dark and red berries. Blackcurrants in particular. Caramel. Soft herbal touch. Minty and a menthol touch. Almonds and a tad marzipane. Honey Sweetness and some Apples. Orange.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long and Lovely. More of The above of course. Fireworks, and dark notes. But The good thing is that The clasdical sulphury notes hardly show up. Just right. Fresh raspberries. Green tea eventually and just a tad dry development

  4. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Karuizawa 32 yo 1976/2009 'Noh' (63%, OB, No.1 Drinks Company, sherry butt, cask #6719, 486 bottles) Five stars

    Colour: amber. Nose: once again we’re within the same style as with the 1982 and 1981, although this one seems to be a tad more polished and a little less sherried. Very obvious notes of tangerine liqueur (Madarine Impériale). It seems that this is great but at 63% abv, let’s not take chances by nosing it too deeply… With water: high viscimetric index! ;-). Right, right, this one is the closest to the greatest Scotches within the bunch, and I can’t help thinking of a great old HP. Mouth (neat): once again, we’re in the same territories, although this seems to a little more on the oaky side… Or maybe not, hard to say at 63%. Burns your throat as soon as you ingest more than half a drop. With water: exceptional, just exceptional. Time to call the anti-maltoporn brigade if you please… Finish: wow.
    Comments: no whisky, pure sin – and big cojones. Not very far from the stunning 1967 for LMdW and TWE… As for the price - around £130, well, it may let a few Scots die of shame.

    SGP:662 - 94 points.


  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Slight hint of sulphur, very woody but superb sherry

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Well, one word here: complexity.
    It is not the most balanced, it requires a lot of ventilation, a lot of time and concentration.
    But the reward is there. A very complex sherry and built around a decidedly camphorized base.
    I would have liked a touch of undergrowth more present, especially on the nose, but it is at least there in the final.

    Leave him an hour in the glass.
    And no worries, the 63% do not feel at all.

    92 or 93/100
    • Nose
      A nose of remarkable freshness for 63%
      It's clearly camphor, eucalyptus, fresh mint that come to me first.
      Then the sherry aromas take over. Large fat leather, dried fruits (nuts, hazelnut, nutmeg), plums, figs.
      A little dark chocolate. A lot of wood. Varnish, solvent.
      Quite a few fresh fruits except a little currant and some berries.

      After a start of aeration, the balance is still not quite there. The freshness and the leather stands well ahead of the rest. We also have liquorice that appears. A little sage. Light coal.

      Then after 45 minutes the magic works.
      The camphor fruit appears, finally. Magnificent.
      Plum, pineapple, tangerine. Clove.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we are on the archetype of big sherry.
      A lot of leather, cream of wax, wood, licorice.
      Fruit cooked and cooked again. Red, kiss, currants, strawberries, blackberries.
      Cinnamon, cocoa powder. Cherry brandy.
    • Finish
      Super finale on the ground, the undergrowth, the mushroom, the big sherry.
      Always leather, wood, wax, liquorice.
      Cocoa powder, chocolate. Nutmeg, pepper, hazelnut.
      Of an impressive complexity.

  8. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, "black" sherry, candied fruit, return of spices, slight woody and moldy trace, chocolate trace!
    • Nose
      spices that stings the nose! unless it's alcohol!
      then toffee, caramel, ripe fruit, a little varnish, very soggy wood, coffee, dark chocolate!

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    My first on still only Karuizawa had to date ... damn. There's no way I could justify the prices Karuizawa commands these day before that experience, but now, I kinda understand it. Unforgettable.
    • Nose
      Oh god, talk about an amazing nose. Best sherried nose I've encountered, hands down. Deep, "abyssal", ultra-dark, but at the same time extremely juicy, grapy, vibrant. Gicopa's "cerises citriques". Couldn't take more precise notes, I only had the 1cl dram for a few seconds in hand.
    • Taste
      Bombastic. Sweet winey oak all over, great alcohol integration, huge biting sweet notes of marinated cherries, espresso and black chocolate.
    • Finish
      Perfect, in the same vein.

  10. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    62nd Scotch Whisky Auction (June 2016): £ 2700

  11. wheatfield scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Dark amber. Nose is heavily sherried (of course), rich and well integrated with forest mushroom, rich beef stock, fig compote. Mouth is equally rich yet bright and wonderfully integrated. Orange liqueur, mushroom, dense fig/date jam, sweet rich cakes. With water, it becomes sweeter and more about candied lighter fruits. Drinking this next to an Ardbeg 1967 cask 574. I like this more on the nose as it's tighter and more refined, but the Ardbeg is bigger and more all-encompassing in the mouth. This is more about the mushroom wood, and it's super tight and focused despite being this old and strong.  
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

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

    This Whisky was sold for 3.405 € at Whiskyauction in Oct. 2015and for 4.120 € in Aug. 2015

  13. numen scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: The extreme sherry fruit bomb (still noble) from the bottle being
      opened subsided and turned to a more refined concoction in the glass.
      The fruit's all there, and possibly some cherry and orange liqueur, of
      all things. Brown sugar. A hint of saltiness, not brine, though maybe
      somewhere between ham and soy sauce. Strongly reminds me of the
      fruity/syrupy mass from my very favorite Armagnacs. You see where this
      is going. Figs and maybe week old ginger root. It *smells* thick.
    • Taste
      Palate: I begin to doubt that this is 63% ABV because it's warm, but so
      very approachable and drinkable without water. Smooth and rich, not
      chewy. The soy and ham are a little more forward, and there's very light
      (clean) smoke. Some sweetness and a very classic sherry profile without
      being a bomb (though it will still appeal to those who love sherry
      bombs). Some of the wood comes out in the mid-palate. Honey and a little
      pepper. Some more of the liqueur.
    • Finish
      Finish: Very satisfying. It has tremendous staying power. The chocolate
      malt appears, after a farewell from the game meats followed by some of
      the fruit. The smoke remains and rather captures a bit of the salt,
      sweet, and fruit. I didn't get to try this with water because, frankly, I
      went through it all before adding any. I daresay that I'll have to try
      it again with water another time. All the same, this baby is special.
      Now, all I need is a spare

  14. Rossi99 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Having the usual complexity in a over-30-year-old Karuizawa but in the meantime the gun flints isn't hard to discover.....
    Other than that is quite enjoyable after a few drops of water in it.....
    dark fruitiness chocolate coffee release after that.

  15. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful beautiful whisky but the mouth is much less complex than the nose.
    • Nose
      A very complete sherry nose. Requires long ventilation to show its complexity.
      Coffee, cocoa, red fruits, varnish, rancid ...
    • Taste
      Sweet mouth. Beautiful but below the nose.
    • Finish
      Long finish on raspberry.

  16. Willie JJ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I doubt you could easily sit down and drink much of this in a session, but it's an amazing experience.
    • Nose
      Another one of these amazing Karuizawa butts. Who needs morning coffee?
      Or coffee at any other time for that matter? The intensity of these
      things just blows my mind. Everything is full on: coffee, chocolate,
      thumping smoke and slightly fermented mashed dark fruits with a splash
      of cognac. There's not quite the sophistication of some others here, but
      I love it nonetheless. Water releases more fruit and milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      The bottom of the coffee pot with cocoa powder heaped on top and a
      splash of grape juice. Water makes it more chocolatey here too and
      allows a little more smoke and ash to creep in.
    • Finish
      Almost too intense to tell. Coffee bitterness and burnt sugar. Spicy
      spikes of cinammon and clove. Water makes the finish more vibrant and
      lengthens it. Coffee sherbet.


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