- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
- Calculated age
- 30 years old
- Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 58.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 26 Sep 2011 1:17 pm
17 × in wishlist
104 × member ratings
121 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1981
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.07 points
- Not a sherry bomb, quite nutty, a bit disappointing
- N: Very expressive. Sweet smoke, some soap / flowers, it just reminds me of a good old Bowmore. The longer you smell, the more the smoke fades into the background. Clove, cassis, kirsch come out of the glass. Freshly baked milk cream strudel. Really nice and very changeable
M: Powerful, yet well-integrated alcohol. Actually, he has everything I expect from an excellent whisky. Perfect harmony, great aroma between light smoke, tobacco, oak and a wonderful saliva-stimulating sweetness. Added to this is an excellent sherry keg that has left unseated "wet" notes but has been able to release its entire class to the whisky over the long ripening period, producing wonderful oxidation notes. Classic Old Bottle Flavor. Nothing bites here, everything is harmoniously interlocked.
A: Long, spicy and woody. Pepper. The smoke floats discreetly in the background.
Fantastic dram! 93 points
- This Whisky was sold for 1893€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).
- The nose is wonderfully expressive but otherwise it's quite a letdown for me.
- The aroma is thick, sweet, bold: a chocolate cake with cherry jam, citrus notes, leather, sherry, butter, humus, a hint of smoke. With a drop of water, fruit and berry jam, orange jam. The taste is sweet, sherry: a lot of spices, chocolate with pepper, light bitterness, thick burnt jam, orange jam, oak. The aftertaste is long, astringent: sherry, jam, oak, smoke. Conclusion . A good sherry mole. Thick, strong, bright. Somewhat straightforward and rude in taste. But the aftertaste did not disappoint: it was long and bright. In general, very good. Rating: 90 (n23t22f23b22).