Karuizawa 1981

Overall rating
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 9451.08

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

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not a sherry bomb, quite nutty, a bit disappointing

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Dottore did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  4. ovanpuyvelde did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1893€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose is wonderfully expressive but otherwise it's quite a letdown for me.

  6. vredensever scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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).

  7. maltsabine scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. scotch80 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Lafroy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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