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

€ 12699.84

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120 × member ratings

123 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1976

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.98 points

  1. 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.

  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. 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. 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

  8. 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!

  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


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