Karuizawa 1976

Overall rating
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

€ 10.069,50

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1976

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.96 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. 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

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Slight hint of sulphur, very woody but superb sherry

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    The cedarwood dominates on the palate - it's not bad but it masks any other flavours
    • Nose
      92 92
      Acacia honey, dried fruits, spices, nutmeg, cloves, hints of nuts, whiffs of leather, chocolate, tobacco, sherry - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, liquorice, subtle sweetness, plenty of cedarwood, sandalwood, menthol, eucalyptus, spices, little herbs, coffee, mocha, saw dust
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, warm, spicy

  5. wisekycourse 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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