Karuizawa 1968

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
42 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
fr France
Added on
26 sep 2010 8:51 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 28099.91

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69 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1968

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.93 points.

  1. yanik61 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  2. UchidaT scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Clear sherry notes on the nose with liquorice and some kind of sweet delicious syrup which I can't put my finger on. Marie-Antoinette tea. Waxed exotic wood.

    The high ABV is translated into a certain spiciness but the taste and mouthfeel are mostly about the wood. I can picture the underbrush of a thick, dense forest just minutes after it has stopped raining. Intense, complex and delicious.

    The finish is very long. Bitter chocolate. Moss and freshly cut grass.

  3. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Karuizawa 1968/2010 (61%, OB for LMdW, cask #6955) Five stars

    Okay, there was a 1967 last year (joint bottling between LMdW and TWE) that was ueberfab (WF95). This is a 1968. Yup, let’s keep this short and stupid. Colour: amber. Nose: a symphony for precious woods. Not even brutal at 61% ABV. Figs, dates, mead, dried apricot, then camphor and cured ham. And hundreds of other aromas. With water: a walk in the forest after the rain. And hundreds of other aromas. Mouth (neat): so rich, so punchy, so elegant at the same time! Mint, ginger, cinnamon, prunes, fruitcake and various honeys. Plus hundreds of other flavours. With water: I had thought it would become too woody with dilution, it doesn’t. Yes, and hundreds of… Finish: sadly, yes. Comments: have a sip of this one and you may experience the same feeling as the good Serge G. in this wee movie…

    OK let’s be serious, I believe this wee baby’s just a tad drier and oakier than the 1967 and maybe a tad less smoky, but it’s still stunning. The industry’s former best kept secret stroke again.

    SGP:572 - 94 points.


  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    04/21/2020: Tasted in f2f with the 1967 # 6426.
    Hard to decide between them.
    The 1967 was more about raw horsepower and its palate is downright unbeatable.
    Here the nose is a bit richer.
    In both cases, killings. Monsters of complexity. I don't see what can be done much better in sherry.

    09/09/2021: Always a killer. The additional aeration may have melted the aromas a little more. There is also a very nice exoticism which is revealed, with passion fruit and mango. On the nose, but also in the mouth and especially in retro-olfaction.
    Tasted after 1969 # 8183 and 1972 # 7290, we are really a step above in terms of balance, complexity, personality.
    • Nose
      96 96
      What wealth. We have 3% more alcohol than the 1967 here and yet it seems sweeter.
      Superb waxed noble wood. Candle.
      Dried fruits and red fruits. Pecans, blackcurrants, plums, cherries, toasted almonds, figs, prunes.
      But also a little citrus, lemon, orange. Cristalized sugar.
      Very greasy quality leather. Undergrowth, rain.
      Medicinal, camphor, eucalyptus.
      Walnut oil, sesame. Anise.
      Very light oil lamp, dust.
      After aeration we have cold tobacco and a light peat.

      Just like the 1967, the complexity is absolutely monstrous. You are overwhelmed by so many aromas and peeling them is almost mentally exhausting.
      With water: even more medicinal.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth it is also an explosion of flavor.
      Oily leather, wax, precious wood, cedar, dust, underwood, licorice. What a mixture of aroma!
      Figs, dates, currants, nuts, caramel, toffee.
      Blackberry jam, plum, blackcurrant.
      Always a little medicinal, eucalyptus, camphor. Pepper.
      Barbecue, grilled meat, cannon powder, light peat.

      With water: plum, hardwood, wax, dust, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long finish on the undergrowth, rain, hummus, tobacco, cigar, cinnamon and cocoa. A delight. Endless.
      Light peat and smoke remaining.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    That has to be one of the best noses of any sherried whisky.

    A lovely old Karuizawa.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

     Excellent stuff
    • Nose
      I left this in a warmed glass for  a few minutes with a lid on it and on first nosing it almost swamped my senses, now that is powerful stuff for sure.

      This is lovely a basket of dark fruits, mixed in with a little balsamic glaze, faint hints of toffee and a delicate smoky peat.

      Finally a faint hint of orange and some nice floral notes.
    • Taste
      Creamy orange liqueur, peat, raspberry, dark fudge, quite woody but it suits the profile a little bitterness but it does not detract in  any way.

      A little candied lemon, fruit pastilles with the dark fruits growing all the time
    • Finish
      As long as you can imagine

  7. ovanpuyvelde did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 4555€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).

  8. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold-amber.
    Nose: Very smooth, floral, fragrant, with some peat
    smoke, on sandalwood, tangerine, some tannins and rosewater.
    Taste: Dry, astringent, floral, on Pu Her, pineapple, tangerine,
    leather, tannins, and oranges mixed with oriental spices. The finsh is medium to
    long, dry, tannic, on Pu Her, pineapples, bitter orange and some fragrant
    General Impression: The nose is superb, rich and smooth, as for the
    previous 1967, but the wood starts to show off afterwards, becoming very




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

    This Whisky was sold for 5.500 - 6.350 € at Whiskyauction in Nov. 2015and for 6.505 € in Aug. 2015and for 6.105 € in June 2015and for 3.805 € in March 2015

  10. Emilien206 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    96/100. A little wonder

  11. magic_slim scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Wow - this is pure delight! Karuizawa at its very best. Starts with a lovely aromatic fruityness of Maraschino cherries and delicate sandalwood. Very complex with other fruity notes (dates, figs, dried apricots) and precious woods. Sweet with yellow flowers (asters), leather and very old cognac coming up after a while. Fabulous stuff.
    • Taste
      A continuation of the nose: Old cognac and a bunch of precious woods. Has an unbelievable smoothness considering the 61.1% alcohol. A rich and complex taste. Notes of dark honey are getting more and more intensive. Some spruce needles, leather and tobacco as well. I love it.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, dominated by complex wood aromas.

  12. corbuso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    karuizawa is always producing very good whiskies. The 1968 is no exception, but much more astringent and woody than the 1967.


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