- 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
14 × in wishlist
67 × member ratings
102 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1990
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.02 points
- Oak, cooked fruits, spices, quite nice
- Starts very good, becomes quite oaky in the end - water helps - pretty good though
Red wine or rather port wine, raisins, nutty, plums, little meaty, brown sugar, hints of toffee, wet tobacco, nutmeg, sherry wood - really good
Punchy, oily, liquorice, dark chocolate, little sweetness, cooked fruits, cooked oranges, dates, little herbal, spicy, espresso, oak wood
Long, warm, more spicy, more herbal, more oaky, a tad bitter
- 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."
- 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.
- With time, the flavors marry even more, and the umami becomes a bit more subtle and far more delicious
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.
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.
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.
- same cask botled earlier;
- Top class Karuizawa - recommended.
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!
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.
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.