Karuizawa 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Geisha Label
First Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Specialty Drinks Ltd., London
Added on
28 May 2012 12:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6186.36

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1990

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.02 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Oak, cooked fruits, spices, quite nice

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Starts very good, becomes quite oaky in the end - water helps - pretty good though
    • Nose
      90 90
      Red wine or rather port wine, raisins, nutty, plums, little meaty, brown sugar, hints of toffee, wet tobacco, nutmeg, sherry wood - really good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, dark chocolate, little sweetness, cooked fruits, cooked oranges, dates, little herbal, spicy, espresso, oak wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, more spicy, more herbal, more oaky, a tad bitter

  3. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Moderator

    Ralfy review 306: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLf4Q3al8sM (92/100).

    "The Scottish equivalent for me would be a more aromatic Glendronach. Less malty, more aromatic. Perhaps a blend of Glendronach and Longmorn might get somewhere near it."

  4. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Auburn pour. Nose has a certain pungent earthiness and wood ear mushroom I've found in other Zawas. Beef stock, golden raisin, caramelized banana, burnt sugar. A whiff of pipe tobacco. Mouth is also quite pungent and hot.  More of a Macallan type profile than some of the older Zawas, maybe that's because this is a young spirit than the early 80s Zawas that are very rich, concentrated, and sometimes very savory. There's definitely a good bit of fresh ginger root.  Finish is pretty bold and on the sweeter side, maybe a touch of red berries. Very good, may I say an approachable Karuizawa.  
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. scotch80 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. whioli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. numen scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    With time, the flavors marry even more, and the umami becomes a bit more subtle and far more delicious
    • Nose
      Amazing. It's very typical Karuizawa. Chocolate, maraschino cherries
      that are just dripping with liqueur. Elegant and just flippin' awesome.
      Orange, maybe light brown sugar molasses. Dates. Red berries and ginger.
      A little toffee-esque sweetness in the background, soft wood influence.
      Polish and leather. Pine/forest, a touch sour, and full of some stone
      fruit. Let's finish this as it began: Amazing.
    • Taste
      Thick and rich. Honey, wood, extracted sherry. Very light salt. Wood
      influence is fine, but you get a strong dose of bitterness in the
      middle. It's not a sweet sherry, but dry and darker on the palate that
      in the nose. Date-pineapple-papaya juice, but very trace. Really nice,
      but a let down compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      A bit brief, though it grows with more tasted. The nose is simply
      astounding. Chocolate, espresso, wood, and tropical elements. Definite
      and lovely umami in the background; it's delicious. Takes water, but
      better without. The nose is exceptional, the palate is very good, and
      the finish is excellent.

  8. addyhd scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    same cask botled earlier;


  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Top class Karuizawa - recommended.
    • Nose
      Wow! Powerful, very fruity and aromatic at first nosing. There are aromas of chestnuts, almonds, strawberries and various jams. Decent notes of high quality sherry. Superb!
    • Taste
      Rich and bold with sherry aromas and spices (pepper and a little cinnamon) coming to the fore but still fruity (blackberry and blueberry jams). Additional notes of chestnuts and sandalwood.
    • Finish
      Very long and satisfying, warming from deep inside. Remains intensive for a very long time, dominated by sherry and spices. Becomes slightly bitter and drying towards the end, but remains pleasant.


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