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Karuizawa 1985

Overall rating
90.40/100
votes
55
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Vintage
1985
Bottled
16.10.2009
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
7017
Strength
60.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 Feb 2010 1:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3541.38

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1985

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.40 points

  1. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Thanks Ruben for the sample!
    Sulphur never tasted so damn good before...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. autowatch092 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Mahogany
    Nose: Dark berries, chocolate, some honey, toasted wood, smoke, a whiff of Chinese firecrackers.
    Palate: Quite heavy, even a little beefy. Berries, cherries, cocoa, quite a bit of smoke and those pyrotechnical notes again.
    Finish: Endless, dry, smoky and fruity.
    Overall: Sulphur is not always a welcome addition to a malt’s aroma, but for this whisky I think it works phenomenally well. It is interwoven with dozens of flavour notes and none really sticks out. There is so much going on in that extremely complex whisky. A true cracker of a dram!

    http://www.dramming.com/2010/07/24/karuizawa-19852009-cask-7017/

  3. djork scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Dramming.com:

    Colour: Mahogany.

    Nose: Dark berries, chocolate, some honey, toasted wood, smoke, a whiff of Chinese firecrackers.

    Palate: Quite heavy, even a little beefy. Berries, cherries, cocoa, quite a bit of smoke and those pyrotechnical notes again.

    Finish: Endless, dry, smoky and fruity.

    Overall: Sulphur is not always a welcome addition to a malt’s aroma, but for this whisky I think  it works phenomenally well. It is interwoven with dozens of flavour notes and none really sticks out. There is so much going on in that extremely complex whisky. A true cracker of a dram!Score: 94/100.

  5. Shugg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I loved the big sherry notes when I first tried this. The scale of the whisky overshadowed the sulphur fireworks.

    However, going back to it I find the sulphur more and more obvious. It ruined the finish for me and lingered on the palate as a single unpleasant note.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Mighty Japanese whisky. Arigato, Karuizawa! Thanks,
    Ruben, for the sample.
    • Nose
      Ha, grand and deep sherry on the nose. It starts spicy
      with notes of earth and gunpowder. Struck matches. Dying hearth. And then the
      fruit cavalry arrives. Sugared oranges, blackberries, figs, dades. Maple syrup.
      Chocolate with vanilla filling. Pipe tobacco. Coconuts. Furniture polish.
      Leather. Very complex and pleasant. With water, I get more citrus and the
      spices fade a bit.
    • Taste
      It is very creamy and feisty on the palate. Hot in
      fact. The smoke is extreme. The dark fruit returns with a vengeance, joined by
      mint and oak. Slightly bitter from the wood and oranges. Gunpowder again. Make
      that fireworks! Adding water is not a must, but recommended. It offers up a
      meaty side that really pleases.
    • Finish
      The long finish is drying, but in such a way as to be
      a pleasant experience. With water, the tannins are just a tad louder.

  7. Willie JJ scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I love Karuizawa.
    • Nose
      Strong tea, coffee grounds, orange pekoe, raspberries, blackcurrants.
    • Taste
      A burst of berries that quickly gets overwhelmed by tannins.
    • Finish
      Drying tannins, chocolate and coffee.

  8. hsmithjr scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What an ABV after all those years!
    • Nose
      Dark, rich sherry.  Figs and dates.  Raisin cake.  Matchsticks. Smoke on the end.
    • Taste
      Huge!  Sherry and licorice.  Mug bogs.  Old furniture wax.  Date and fig preserves.  Floral (slightly).  Peat smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium, but full.  Smoky and minty.  Dry.

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