Karuizawa 1994

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky - Kamiasobi
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
62.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Added on
26 Sep 2010 8:54 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5366.80

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72 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1994

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.46 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good but I do not feel the influence of sherry. Far from the profile of my favorite Karuizawas.

    I am probably generous on my note.
    • Nose
      Very strong nose. Mandarin skin, lemon remains, very light rubber. Apricot, white pear. Fresh mint, eucalyptus. Lemon candy. Light wood. Black pepper.
      With aeration more and more camphor. A little licorice.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is fragrant. Rose, loukoum.
      Always yellow and white fruits. It's strong in alcohol.
      Wax, varnish. Wood. Bitter cocoa powder.
    • Finish
      Long finish on smoke, fruits and camphor. A little chocolate.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Perfect sherry cask on the nose, very special spicyness on the palate, long finish - very good
    • Nose
      93 93
      Dried fruits, dates, figs, wet tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, fine sherry wood, toffee, acacia honey, milk chocolate, spices, nutmeg, pepper - great!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, pepper, ginger, chili, new furniture, sawdust, very woody, spices, pepper, curry, coriander - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, more spicy, more woody but not drying

  3. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Are there seventh fill Sherry Casks? I don't know … - but it's really hard to believe that there is some Sherry Cask in that Whisky!

    This was my first Karuizawa and I'm really disappointed!

    I hope that I'll have the chance to taste one of the better ones some day in my life …

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      Bright fruit (apples, bright red cherries, kumquat), sharp smoke, clear apple juice, cherry pits, peat, vanilla sauce, light and fluid  honey; the smoke fades into the background, vanilla cream, solvent on white chocolate, white vanilla caramel pudding, wood smoke, ground almonds, adhesive, idea of sausage sandwich (bright bakery bread), liverwurst, 'Speick' soap, traces of pepper spice.
    • Taste
      Sweetness, spicy vanilla biscuits, apple juice, apples, idea of distant plums, black banana peel, woodfire, ground almonds and nuts, some ashes, something like 'Citrus', dusty old Something.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, salt, some 'citrus', wood, wood smoke, elderly alcohol scent (refreshment water of older Ladies in the Sixties), banana peel, earth ground.

  4. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The distillate certainly has a high quality - but the cask didn't have much to offer no more except herbal spiciness ...

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs, July 2015.
    • Nose
      Light fruits and sharp smoke.

      Clear apple juice, cherry seeds, custard.

      Sometimes the smoke goes in the background, then comes more sweet vanilla cream and solvent on white chocolate.

      Unripe banana, grated almonds and warmed-up grater.

      Later some liverwurst and some density like a sweetish (almost perfumed) smoke and a distant association to a blue enema.

      Some wood, grass and with some water more earthy.
    • Taste
      Woodsmoke and tart wood. Sweetness in the background (maybe with some vanilla), some light and sweet-sour fruits, earth, grass, hints of citrus are emerging in the background and throat (which are the first (and only) indicators for some former Sherry casks).
    • Finish
      Smoke, grass, wood, salt, hints of fruits and citrus, tart, dry and very spicy. Later more wood in the throat as well as woodsmoke.

  5. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. barryfox915 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold-amber.
    Nose: Very fragrant, on varnished oak, cherries, with
    some violet, eucalyptus and peat.
    Taste: Clean, malty, very round and
    fragrant, oaky, with some rose water and incense, varnish and leather. The
    finish is medium, slightly peaty, very round, clean, with some fragrant and
    floral aromas, as well as cherries. The retro-olfaction is rather
    General Impression: A very clean and round Karuizawa, highly drinkable,
    and reminding me somewhat of the old sherried expressions of the most famous
    Speyside distillery.




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

    This Whisky was sold for 1.605 € at Whiskyauction in June 2015and for 1.406 € in Feb. 2015

  9. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note.
    Transferring previous Note (2011.11.30) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      malt, distant sherry, dusty, meaty/fishy, 81
      after a bit. Sweeter/fruitier, more (grey) wood, vanilla/butterfudge/honey,  tobacco, degrading biomass/compost.86
      W water: candyfloss & stockfisch, 85
    • Taste
      neat way too strong. Malt, some fruits, 79
      W water: sweet malt, ester fruityness, some wood, 87
      Lots of water: turns quite oily, pleasant malt, boiled sweets & fruit. Maybe hint of smoke 89
    • Finish
      too strong neat. Spirit, some fruits, wood & tobacco. 83
      W water: long, cooked sweets, wood dryness. 87


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