Karuizawa 1975

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Calculated age
35 years old
Sherry Butt
61.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Live Paris 2010
fr France
Added on
26 Sep 2010 8:48 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 9900.00

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110 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1975

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] It is a new year so I try another Karuizawa - in the meantime even samples are priced completely out of this (whisky) world...

    ...and to be honest: This is a fine old-school sherried malt that is both interesting to explore and enjoyable to sip - but it is hopelessly over-hyped and over-priced! For one bottle of this Karuizawa you can buy ten bottles of the Glenfarclas Family Cask 1986/2018 (WB id 117025) that offers almost exactly the same profile and drinking experience (and I liked it even a little better). Leave this expensive stuff for collectors and investors...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a delicate and bold old-school sherry profile that reminds me a lot of the finest Glenfarclas Family Casks I tried over the last months. Perfect old style sherry with all the beautiful aromas that only a cask coopered in the seventies (or earlier) could deliver. Not sure if there are any notes of the Karuizawa malt survived under all the sherry flavours - but who cares if the sherry is that beautiful?
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is truly multi-layered like almost all old-school sherried drams with mainly sherry-induced flavours and spicy wooden notes. In a later wave a delicious fruitiness pops up before the nuts join in to create a wonderful nutty chocolatey flavour. Some water releases more aromas in the nose and turns both taste and finish smoother and more fruity. But to be honest: I like the neat dram better because it offers the old-school sherry profile on full throttle...
    • Finish
      93 93
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is very long and adds more spices (green peppers) before it gets even more chocolatey towards the end. No distracting bitter or drying moments, this cask was bottled at the right time.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A brilliant typical karuizawa with dark chocolate orange leather tobacco etc and some slight sulphur notes that are almost enjoyable

  3. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice sherried Karuizawa, but the price is ...
    • Nose
      Big sherry, prune, black cherry, raisin, lacquered wood, antique leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Matured oak. Pepper, dried fruits, sherry and antique leather.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, spicy.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is wild, even by Karuizawa standards, uber rich & uber spicy.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With water:-

    Even more spice on the nose, a few chocolate and coffee notes are released, a little tangerine and spices.

    The palate is better now, sweeter but still massively spicy with some orange coming through and a little raspberry.

    Very creamy with water

    Finish is even longer
    • Nose
      It is a typical old sherried whisky, all on old leather, rich dark fruits and fruitcake.

      Varnished wood, hints of wood glue, you can almost smell the wood from the cask on the nose which is not unusual but this shows it more than most.

      Blackberry, red currants and some dates in the mix.
    • Taste
      Very rich and very spicy, explodes on your tongue, rich sherry, old leather, very strong balsamic notes, syrupy figs and some prune.

      The flavours are very tightly combined, extremely rich even compared to other Karuizawa, finally some burnt orange notes.
    • Finish
      Quite long, remaining rich with oak notes coming through at the finish

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What's there to say except for that this is absolutely awesome? Nothing.
    • Nose
      An abundance of old sherry. Furniture polish, leather, dry tobacco and burlap. Some dried plums, aged balsamic and cherry syrup mixed with old oak and sandalwood. A very subtle hint of wood smoke.
    • Taste
      Pretty much every aroma returns. Pretty powerful, but perfectly drinkable without water. Balsamic, plums and cherry syrup make an encore. Pepper and cinnamon are here. As well as old wood and aniseed.
    • Finish
      Long with lots of spices and dried red fruit.

  7. Jeep51 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A nice Karui (again). Can be a little extreme and dense. It requires the addition of a little
    • Nose
      Very dense but closed enough. Sherry is present, especially on dried fruits: plums, figs and apricots especially. Also some citrus (rather on orange and mandarin). But it is beautiful is a Karui and wood is relatively present without, as usual, either disturbing or too much. With water, a lot of wax, the fruity is even more marked (plums) and it is probably better balanced and fresher: menthol, licorice.
    • Taste
      Here again it is concentrated and powerful: woody, creamy, fruity and meaty aromas (smoked meat). A little extreme anyway and probably requires some water. The addition of water does him good and frees him. The old bake comes out a lot, the spices too. These are numerous and rather melted. We still discern cinnamon. As for them, the fruits (plum and orange) are still there.
    • Finish
      Extremely long and a little peppery (peppers)

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

    This Whisky was sold for 2.610 € at Whiskyauction in July 2015and for 3.005 € in May 2015

  9. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber.
    Nose: Rich, intense, smoky, slightly peaty, on plums, with
    some very nice round floral notes and a beautiful oak and sandalwood flavours,
    mixed with some chocolate and fruits.
    Taste: Round, smooth, very sherried, on
    candied fruits, orange, tangerine, pineapple, some bold peat smoke and crushed
    barley. The finish is long, round, smooth, nicely sherried and on
    General Impression: An excellent and flawless Karuizawa, with a
    beautiful sherry. A real pleasure.




  10. Dede scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Another very big Karuizawa. No more no less.
    • Nose
      We start on a dry sherry, but very fruity, with plum, apricot jam, and especially candied fig, a lot of candied fig. Then we find slightly sulfuric notes rather typical of Karuizawa, with black mushrooms, black powder, and then precious wood, a little encaustic. Then it is more tangy, with pretty scents of bergamot, mandarin. Very beautiful and very complex. And maybe even a step up with a little water that releases the aromas.
    • Taste
      Alcohol is well integrated. It is superb, we find the complexity of the nose, with this beautiful jammy fruit, citrus notes candied this time, even a hint of exotic (mango). Added spices (cinnamon, white pepper) and a beautiful bitterness tannic perfectly controlled, as well as the usual black mushrooms. I wonder if I do not prefer it dry, especially since my bottle is now open for a long time.
    • Finish
      Endless, both spicy and fruity, exoticism felt in the mouth extending here.


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