- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Noh Whisky
- Stated Age
- 27 years old
- Sherry Butt & Bourbon Cask
- 6405, 4973, 8184 & 6437
- Number of bottles
- 59.1 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- La Maison du Whisky
- Added on
- 18 apr 2012 8:47 pm
31 × in wishlist
203 × member ratings
257 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa Multi-Vintages #1
31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.08 points
- Karuizawa Multi-Vintage # 1 Awesome I hold the small sample bottle in hand, on his label is written by hand: Karuizawa 27y Multi-Vintage. My heart beats faster, the pulse is faster, I look forward to my first Karu! I gently open the small vial, carefully pour the contents into my Premium Snifter. Rusty brown and deep amber with a reddish glow shines the Karu in the glass. Majestically, after swirling, oily drops dissolve out of the streaks adhering to the glass wall and search their way back into the glass in slow motion. I close my eyes. In the time-lapse, the years fly past me and finally I am shrouded in fog at the beginning of the 80's in the middle of the Karuizawa Distillery in far-off Japan. The sun is high on the horizon a fresh pinch blows over the yard. I take a deep breath and perceive the different scents. (Nose) From the whisky casks standing in the yard, a spicy and fruity woody aroma rises. Old wood elements mix with sweet berries and ripe fruits. A dark and dry berry aroma blows in my direction and exudes its wonderfully soft and fresh aroma. Dried berries pickled in rum are voluminous, and a hint of old and ripe oranges rises into the nose. The plum and cherry trees on the grounds exude their wonderfully fruity and intense aroma, nearby a few bushes of fresh mint and peppermint smell. A pleasant alcohol note lies over the whole complex and reminds me of where I am right now, a whisky distillery! I go a few steps further. The dry ground dust, mineral and slightly salty aromas whirl up. From a warehouse wet leather flavors and a touch of cold tobacco. A moment later, the mint releases again its fruity and fresh aroma. I take a deep breath several times and can not satiate with the intense and beguiling aromas! (Taste) Suddenly an old man comes out of a warehouse, comes up to me and hands me a glass of whisky. I am curiously nipping the glass. Dark fruit flavors spread softly and velvet over the tongue, then the malt explodes in my mouth. Wow, what a kick! Spicy and dark wood notes hit hard on my palate, wooden sharpness and a pinch of chilli make the mouth glow briefly. Slowly the heat fades away, dried dates and raisins follow and exude their fruity and creamy aroma in the entire mouth. Tart wood and fruit notes appear, discreetly bitter leather flavors mingle with a few old tobacco crumbs. The harsh and dry woody aromas now dominate the flavor until suddenly unexpectedly creamy and sweet aromas rise from the wood. The old tobacco leaves become more intense, the leather flavor returns. Mint and freshness dissolve from the leather-tobacco mixture and a voluminous, powerful aroma makes the taste slowly pass into the finish. (Departure) Dreamily, I look up and hold the empty glass in my hand. Dark and dry tobacco aromas remind me of the great and delicate taste. Tart and dry notes of wood remain in the memory for a long time, creamy, dark fruit flavors return, plums and berries flash briefly again. The tart and creamy mouthfeel lasts for a long time, the complete flavors of the taste return briefly again. A touch of leather, fresh mint and a hint of eucalyptus, old and dried tobacco leaves, berries and prunes. Spicy and tart wood aromas with a fine hint of mint finish the finish slowly and make me rave about this great taste experience. Gradually the pictures fade in my head, I open my eyes slowly and find myself in the present again. One last time smell into the empty snifter glass, absorb the remaining flavors and thank ASWhisky for the gigantic sample and the wonderful trip to far away Japan! (Conclusion) What a taste experience! A truly old and multi-layered whisky. My first karu and hopefully not my last. The variety of different and beguiling aromas still make me swarm. As I write these lines, a dreamy mix of dried tobacco leaves and fresh mint returns. From the empty Nosingglas still raise intense aromas. After this incredible taste experience and my journey to the land of the rising sun, I have no choice but to end my tasting with the following words ... yes, I'm in heaven AS, thank you for this wonderful Karu!
- this Karuizawa has many bitter substances
however, they are well integrated into a very striking sensuous interplay
now I have a first-class tea taste in my mouth
passed through with fine bitter substances
yes, I'm in heaven
English fruit cake
wet tea leaves
bare planed wood (tart)
lots of salt
dark sticky and dried plums
a chill soft kiss touched your tongue
your tongue is immediately aflame
by the fire dark plum jam spread over your tongue
it is sweet & salty at the same time
you still feel a hot impression of the kiss on your tongue
but the flames are gone
warm tea sud and light wood remains in your mouth
you want more
has he tasted sweetly or salty?
bitterly or softy and delightfully?
tongues and palates are in the quarrel
and are tempted by sweet malty tobacco leaves
to taste him once again
- This Karuizawa has many bitter substances
but they are well integrated into a very special sensual interplay
Now I have a first-class tea taste in my mouth
sweet crossed with fine bitter substances
yes, I'm in heaven
English fruit cake
moist tea leaves
blank planed wood (herb)
a lot of salt
dark, sticky, dried plums
a cool soft kiss touches your tongue
she is immediately on fire
with the fire, dark plum jam spreads on your tongue
sweet is he & salty at the same time
You can still feel the hot impression of the kiss on your tongue
but the flames are gone
warm tea-sud and light wood stays in your mouth
you want more
long was he sweet or salty?
bitter or soft and lovely?
Tongues and palate are in dispute
and are seduced by malty sweet tobacco leaves
to test it again
- Wow, a very unique Karu, hearty sherry and an elegant bitterness as I rarely had it, strong olive associations, but they know how to please. Awesome assemblage.
Overweight, full and aromatic nose, pine nuts, Parma ham, marzipan, rum raisins, dried berries from the bush, myrrh, long-oiled, fine leather, hazelnut puree, banana chips, light raisins, olives
Olive paste, pine nuts, cedar wood, Demerararum, raisins, lightly simmering match, black cherry, black walnut, blackberries, cedar wood, leather, roasted malt, incense sticks, forest soil, black truffle, saffron
Raisins, pine nuts, olives in subtle brine, leather, camphor, aniseed, long
- God what a great whisky!
Plums wrapped in bacon, leather and red fruit jelly and a touch of salt
Wow what a start! Red hot and peppery ... but pleasant. A potpourri of dark fruits, damp wood and tobacco.
Long with plums and leather
- japanese H2H
Fuji Gotemba 40th Anniversary 46% 2013 OB single grain wb 64595
Takestsuru 21 year 43% 2010 blended malt (yoichi & Miyagiko) wb 157798
Suntory The Peninsula Tokyo 43% 2014 blend (Yamazaki/Hakushu/Chita) wb 67513
Hanyu 1990/2007 cask 9511 55.5% wb 6634
Karuizawa 1981/2012 sherry butt 162 55.8% Cocktail Series for LMDW wb 36517
Karuizawa 1981/2013 sherry butt 155 56% Noh whisky wb 41915
Karuizawa 27 year bottled 2017 sherry/bourbon 59.1% Noh whisky wb 32187
Yamazaki 1990 18 year cask ON70645 sherry butt 60% wb 6261
Started off with the Fuju Gotemba single grain,which is different to Scottish grains I have tried and thought it was very good.
Taketsuru blended malt is ok but for the price poor
Suntory the nose is great but the palate is swamped by oak, shame
Hanyu all round is pretty good
Karuizawa Cocktail butt 162 pretty good all round
Karuizawa butt 155 not bad just a little too bitter
Karuizawa multi vintage ,very good vatting of 4 casks,good balance
Yamazaki 1990 very good
The best Japanese whisky I have tried are the Karuizawa 1967 & 1968 vintages both scored at 95 points but I suspect right now I would score them around 93 points as my palate has changed in the last few years.
The people who purchased these bottles when they were released all I can say was smart move because the price now at auction is horrendous,the yamazaki can go for 5k,which is beyond silly.
Most of the Karuizawa/Yamazaki single casks are heavy sherry and walk a fine line with being too oaky,they are good quality drams for sure but in my view do not match the best that Scotch whisky has to offer. Scotch whisky that is aged is far too expensive now but when compared to the absurd prices of Japanese whisky they start to become an attractive proposition.
- Tasted with a few drops of water.
Masses of dark fruits mixed with some red fruits on the nose, this has some depth to it for sure.Again like the 1981 cask 155 it reminds me of a bourbon.
Not as spicy as other KZ but the balance is good.
The spice note grows as you go on, with a red gooseberry note and ever so slightly sour red plum but that is not a problem.
The spice just keeps growing and the finish is long because the spice note does not fade which is a big plus.
This is more evenly balanced than most of the single casks I have tasted from this distillery,perhaps a vatting of casks best illustrates the plus points of the Karuizawa distillate?
- if you call this a blend , you are blind ... this is 4 top casks blended togheter till something out of this world if you drink normal common whisky's at fair price tags. i was full of nerves to drink it and boy oh boy i am not a descriptor of tast and flavours but what a feeling in my mouth , cant get any words for it but it was an explosion of flavors even 30 mins later . sad al my other whisky s are now promoted to water with flavour ... only one will stand up and that 's still that amazing old perth blend from macallan.
- very much Karuizawa, sherry, tobacco, hint of leather, dark fruits, not too much wood, very nice
This is a blend from sherry butt & bourbon casks #6405, 4973, 8184, 6437, ranging from 1981-1984. I may be mistaken, but I think that this is the first multi-vintage expression under the Noh label (or with the Noh images, perhaps more accurately).
Nose: Prune, fig, date, syrup. This baby is heavy and fruit. Also a bit of the elegant salty game meat, but secondary or tertiary and complementary. Chocolate, wood, cinnamon, and licorice. Perhaps even some gran marnier and gorgeous seville oranges. Almost reminds me, at points, of some of my favorite baco Armagnacs. Hooray! (with water) Rather more elegant, with greater emphasis on light extracted fruit and honey. Demerara rum and syrup.
Palate: All that was on the nose, this baby delivers. Orange, chocolate, figs, salted bacon grease (yum), wood, vanilla, and date extract. Elegant and powerful. (with water) brilliant. I love this without water, but with water... speechless.
Finish: Thick and chewy, just a delight. I forgot to put a score on this; my final note was, as written: BUY A BOTTLE OR MORE. Check. So, I'm going to have to say that this was somewhere between an A and an A+. Marvelous stuff and just what I want. For the sake of being absolutely arbitrary, I'm just going to give this a 97.
- Surprisingly tasty!!!
- this is so so so good
- this is so so so good
- this is so so so good
- Complex, fruity, very balanced, finest sherry woody perfectly integrated and dangerously drinkable - finally I found a Karuizawa that met my high expectations - fantastic!
Nutty, old furniture, old wood, hints of fine leather, nutmeg, dried fruits, prunes, plums, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, coffee, milk chocolate - great!
Little punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, liquorice, good sweetness, nutty, more dried fruits, very fine sherry wood, toffee, little pipe tobacco, more milk chocolate, spices, nutmeg, acacia honey - really excellent!
Long, warm, more nice sherry wood, absolutely not drying, still fruity and sweet - very good!
- Tasting Notes:
- The aroma is thick, rich, spicy: old leather, smoked meat, oil, turpentine, varnish, coniferous wood with pitch, nuts, leaves, pipe tobacco, sherry, dried fruit, bitter chocolate, rum, brown sugar, honey. With a drop of water more smooth, fruity. Super! The taste is powerful, sweet with sourness: hot pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus, bitter chocolate, strong tea, sherry, dried fruits, smoked products, tobacco, astringent oak. Delicious! The aftertaste is long: dried fruits, tobacco, light smoke, spices, tart oak. Conclusion . Fine whisky. Powerful, multilayered, diverse, bright and consistent. Excellent transition from a fascinating aroma to a bright taste and then to the enveloping tobacco-oak aftertaste. Concentrated pleasure. The score is 93 (n24t23f23b23).
- At least I did not think it was that great. Something musty, but not noble. The finish is rather poor. On Neudeutsch: you the crass like mold on cheese while drinking but only a little because this töier. Never buy the tsu brobiere, man. Gipt blatantly better.
- My first Karuizawa, which I had favorably bottled at the Whisky Festival in Radebeul (13 € / 2cl). I'm not disappointed at all.
The alcohol is quite present. Overall, very heavy and syrupy. Freshly polished wood, figs, dried plums, salt, a hint of mineral, some leathery, a hint of mint in the background. Cherries and blackcurrants come to light after a while.
Strong start. A touch of bitterness. Gentle on the second try, like a kitten. A lot of oak, which is quite original for 27 years. A jam sweetness spreads in the mouth (dark red fruits). When rumschwenken in the mouth, the fire comes to light again and the alcohol says "Hello" again.
Fairly long finish, which leaves a mix of sweetness and bitterness in the mouth, the sweetness decreases slowly and leaves the last moment to the bitterness. This is not unpleasant at all. Super involved.
- May cost € 270.- in May 2013.
Nose: Prune, fig, date, syrup. This baby is heavy and fruit. Also a bit
of the elegant salty game meat, but secondary or tertiary and
complementary. Chocolate, wood, cinnamon, and licorice. Perhaps even
some gran marnier and gorgeous seville oranges. Almost reminds me, at
points, of some of my favorite baco Armagnacs. Hooray! (with water)
Rather more elegant, with greater emphasis on light extracted fruit and
honey. Demerara rum and syrup.
Palate: All that was on the nose, this baby delivers. Orange, chocolate,
figs, salted bacon grease (yum), wood, vanilla, and date extract.
Elegant and powerful. (with water) brilliant. I love this without water,
but with water... speechless.
Finish: Thick and chewy, just a delight. I forgot to put a score on
this; my final note was, as written: BUY A BOTTLE OR MORE. Check. So,
I'm going to have to say that this was somewhere between an A and an A+.
Marvelous stuff and just what I want.
- They are used to be sitting on shelves for months and many of friends including me found it unpleasant to drink, the body is fine and rich, but there are so many odd notes and the favours seems not vatted well...
- Nose: prunes, figs, dates, syrup and some very nice fruits! And some nice chocolate and wood and cinnamon and liquorice and yes(!) even some delicious oranges!
Palate: again oranges with chocolate, some nice bacon, wood and my beloved vanilla. Very elegant and powerful; even brilliant witg some water!! I love it without water, but with water... unbelievable!!!
Finish: Thick and chewy(I like it), a true delight. This realy is a very rare and fantastic whisky and therefor I'm very thankful with this "J-pearl"!
- Gorgeous whisky! Sweet, always cherry in the nose and in the mouth, reminds me of Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte. Lies long and sweet on the tongue. A bit expensive, but in my opinion worth every Heller.
- one of my preferred Whisky.
Nose: first cherry and wood then sweet and an irresistible urge to taste it.
Body: intense, cherry again, dark chocolate pepper and light smoky
Finish: Long, fruity and then smoky
- WHISKY FACT: Japan is the 2nd largest whisky producing nation after Scotland.
The Perfect Whisky Match
"Karuizawa - Pronounced Ka-REE-zaR-wa. (Ian Buxton - reference).
This distillery was quite different from the giants of Japanese Distillery as it was started as a vineyard.
The owner converted it into a whisky distillery six years later in 1962.
Most Japan distilleries produce vast ranges of whisky styles, but Karuizawa focused on one style only.
Their whiskies are typically very rich, smoky, hardy and they predominantly used Spanish ex-sherry casks.
The distillery closed without any apparent reason in 2001.
The site was then turned into a museum which gave tours of the mothballed distillery.
Then last November (2011) the building and lot was sold to an unknown buyer.
The distillery is officially "lost".
Stocks of the whisky were purchased by Number One Drinks and have slowly been leaking out onto the market year after year.
They are bought just as quickly. This bottling is the first of a series of multi-vintage releases planned by Noh.
I`m super happy I was able to acquire one of the three bottles that was allocated to our area of the world".
- Tasting notes here: