Karuizawa 1977

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky - Kamiasobi - Shiroheita
Stated Age
32 years old
Number of bottles
60.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Sep 2010 10:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 17715.88

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72 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1977

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.63 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I agree wholeheartedly with El Gatto about this Karuizawa. Not had that many Karuizawa but this is better than the 67 & 68 vintages that I have had.

    Possibly the sweetest whisky I have tried for some time and one of the best.

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    With Water:- (4  small drops from) 

    Nose - Even more spice coming through like mulled wine on steroids.

    Palate - Still sweet, very juicy, lip smacking

    Finish - medium length, remaining sweet and fruity.
    • Nose
      Nice nose, spicy fruit cake, dark currants, raisin, hint of cinnamon, rum and raisin fudge.
    • Taste
      Powerful and very sweet with a spicy kick, the sweetness keeps on growing.

      Sweet blackcurrants, red berry, dark juicy plums, date slices.
    • Finish
      Not the longest but possibly the sweetest

  3. el Gato scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Flawless cask. No sourness or sulphur at all! Perfect. Class act from a to z. No monster by any means, just utter elegancy and lovely balance.
    • Nose
      Oh my. This is why I love Karuizawa. Classic Karuizawa sherry. All sorts of dried fruits. Peach. Earthly notes.
    • Taste
      Continues from the nose. On top of that I do get some apricot jam. Blackcurrant syrup. Mint / green dent
    • Finish
      Minty. Dried fruits. A bit spicy. The finish never ends. 

  4. Springpool scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Best Karuizawa ever!

    Spices, mint, nuts, sweet maple syrup.

    Fireworks, caramel, raisins.  Spearmint to finish!!

    Smell and taste continues to develop.  Some will need water, and it will take it.

    A masterpiece

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

    This Whisky was sold for 5.005 € at Whiskyauction in May 2015

  6. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Karuizawa 32 yo 1977/2010 'Noh' (60.7%, Number One Drinks, cask #4592, Sherry Butt, 190 bottles)
    Colour: amber with bronze hues. Nose: what strikes me first is this
    unusual combination of metallic and meaty notes with wheelbarrows of
    gunpowder and peppercorn. Truly peculiar, especially since it develops
    on even more grilled meat and ham as well as… exhaust pipes? Sounds
    weird but it isn’t, it’s all very beautiful. With water: oooh yes! Water
    makes wonders, it became fantastic, roasted, chocolaty, herbal, sappy,
    minty, camphory, mushroomy (not musty)… In short, wonderful. If you
    don’t add water to this kind of whisky you’ll just miss 80% of the
    aromas. Mouth (neat): hot and fruity. A bit difficult for that matter,
    you do not want to anaesthetize your palate before diner, do you? With
    water: it’s definitely rich, not exactly fruity in fact, rather kind of
    resinous and slightly leathery. The oak becomes louder as well, with
    spices starting to appear to the surface. Cloves, pepper, even mustard
    (not wasabi!) Finish: very long, peppery, dry, maybe just a tad drying
    but nothing serious, it’s even something that sort of cleans your
    palate. Comments: the bad side of this is that there isn’t much
    surprise. It’s brilliant old whisky. SGP:371 - 91 points.


  7. Jeep51 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    What power! Here we are not in finesse, it remains very elegant
    • Nose
      Smoked meat (extra that!). Big sherry on spices, some chocolate, some fruit. It's super powerful. With water, the smoked meat becomes more "roast juice". Under wood. Softwoods. A little fruit and more chocolate. Maybe a little coffee too
    • Taste
      Leather, pepper, rather dry. Caramel too. With water, it is much more exuberant. Softwoods, spicy fruity and always leather. Mint in the background and finally salt
    • Finish
      Leather and smoked meat.


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