Karuizawa 1984

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Number One Drinks Company
Stated Age
28 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 aug 2012 8:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11464.23

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139 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1984

19 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.02 points.

  1. nicelifebert scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Colour: dark red amber. Nose: a gun that just fired, reminds me of my days in the army (conscription). So yeah, a lot of gunpowder and struck matches, and even truffles at first nosing, but no hard boiled eggs, asparagus or cooked cabbage in there. So no mercaptan/thiols, luckily. What’s more, as often those notes tend to go away, leaving room for quite some chocolate and raspberry jelly. Now, it’s very strong, so… With water: goes toward dried porcinis, cigars, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and, maybe, even old Parmesan cheese. Also bags and bags of roast chestnuts – I don’t think I ever got that that loudly. All that is quite lovely. Mouth (neat): rich and powerful, it’s more some kind of ultra-heavy jam at this point. Prunes, Armagnac, black pipe tobacco and a tarry/smoky side that may come from the high strength. Let’s see… With water: this time it became a little gamy and very dry, with this gunpowder that came back. Bitter chocolate, some ginger, heavy herbal liqueur (starting with a J., dear) or even this weird thing called Schinken häger. Ever tried that? Finish: long, dry, very chocolaty. Quite some white pepper. Smokier and ashier aftertaste.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Whisky Bible 2013: 73.5 points

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A powerful Karuizawa.
    A magnificent rancio on the nose, which evolves into a surge of molasses.
    It's heavy, fat, but so pleasant.

    It takes time, a lot of time.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A nose that begins with a very distinguished rancio.
      We are on a large dry fruit, almond, grilled hazelnut, walnut pie, plum, prunes, candied fruit.
      We could imagine ourselves on a very old cognac.
      Corinthian grape.
      A little molasses, tar. Right after the glass was served, we had a little sulfur, but aeration (1 hour in my case) almost makes it disappear.
      Noble, dry wood, toffee, light cigar.
      A nice dose of camphor.
      Great complexity and very nice balance.
      With even more ventilation, there is a slight aroma of button mushroom and bread apple.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth, we continue with the same idea as the nose, but with a different balance.
      It is undoubtedly powerful and drying.
      Lots of wood, dust. Varnish, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, cloves. Molasses, soy sauce.
      Always a little tar, with liquorice, a little rubber.
      The fruit is set back, black and jammy. Blackberry, mainly plum.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on fruits, plum, date.
      Light undergrowth, camphor, eucalyptus.
      Wood, dust, clove.
      It is more balanced than in the mouth.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice sherry, bit of sulfur, dark fruits, orange, herbs, nice

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
      Dried fruits, raisins, plums, old sherry wood hints of leather, spices, whiffs of vegetables - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very punchy, oily, liquorice, little sweetness, more dried fruits, nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, oak wood, farmy, cigar tobacco, toasted bread - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, burning, more woody

  6. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An exciting part, who as well as I get along with discreet sulfur notes or even like them, will probably be here. find one of his dream whiskys, in the nose he is more dominant than in the mouth and otherwise it is the full Karu-Sherry-drönung.
    • Nose
      Black walnut, freshly polished wood, creme de cassis, licorice, already clear matches, fireworks, raisins, still slightly sour dates, leather polish, old tobacco tin, dark chocolate, camphor, nutmeg, moist hay, a few mushrooms, moist forest soil, hibiscus and red wine
    • Taste
      Chocolate sauce, oily, coffee beans, licorice and matches, port wine, moist earth, black pepper, clove and gingerbread, stollen, cranberries, dark and lightly roasted malt, raisins and tobacco, dates
    • Finish
      Malt and chocolate, dry-sweet, licorice and cherry brandy, grapefruit and leather, very long

  7. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose is unfortunately very sulphurous (matches and slightly foul eggs), which fortunately, to my surprise, does not affect the taste

  8. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    who takes the time to let him stand and breathe
    to enjoy it slowly
    will be rewarded with a fantastic experience
    I did not expect so much
    and I was really surprised

    Yes, I'm in Heaven..in a volcanic one
    • Nose
      immediately after pouring:

      a fruity sherry nose
      with clear hints of:
      Vanilla, glue, fresh wood
      a trace of alcohol

      a bit of cucumber water, raisin, chocolate, clove spice and a floral tulip note

      the longer he stands, the spicier he gets
      now comes the old Karu
      pounded old dried raisin
      dusty wood
      wonderfully spicy
      a chocolaty Kamphernote
      mmh very good
      again the floral note shimmers through clearly
      freshly roasted coffee with dark chocolate sauce
    • Taste
      oily and viscous, full of aromas, as if the liquid coffee chocolate were really in your mouth
      a fiery spicy paste with sweet fruit flavors in dark chocolate sauce

      Smoke rises in your throat
      You have to remember that the distillery was on the slopes of an active volcano
      its aromas fill your mouth
      surprise you with new nuances
      irresistibly good
    • Finish
      very moist and seductive
      Oak and fruit

  10. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.855 € at Whiskyauction in Apr. 2015

  11. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  12. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow, what a whisky. The first Karuizawa I could try.

    What a complexity, different densities of aromas onthe nose that are changing from time to time ...

    Single dram note.
    • Nose
      Tobacco and old Sherry at the beginning.

      Then salt water with big aromatic oak underneath it. Almost undescribable, so much is going on.

      Deep and mighty, burnt caramel, dark vanilla, some spicy nuts, some glue, tart cocoa. Then more lemon juice and dried orange peel. Thick cherry juice with a deep spiciness.

      After about 15 minutes there is coming an extremely overwhelming sweetness from the Sherry.

      Slightly salted chocolate, immensly complex.

      What a development: old old Sherry and chocolare covered raisins ... chocolate en masse then again more caramell and then Sherry sweetness - always interchanging and slowly moving.

      Some dark hints of peat and some smoke.

      Finest mocha.

      Dark caramalizey and slightly salty cherry jam.
    • Taste
      Infinite citrus with lemon juice and sour orange juice.

      Cherry juice and spiciness from the oak - heavy and strong, but never too much.

      Dark chocolate and sometimes really pure ...

      Strong espresso, old old Sherry, Sherry cask, dark wood, spicy tobacco from the finest cuban cigars, and again some lemon juice.

      Brine as well.
    • Finish

      Old Sherry cask, tart citrus and grapefruit, dark chocolate, caramel cream (dark), some wonderful vanilla, oak, many many spices, tart with espresso grounds and cocoa, full and rich oak, almost not ending complexity ...

  13. cavalier66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Did I say only £3,000?  I meant £4,000 of course...

  14. cavalier66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    UPDATE...that Whisky Barrel "crazy price" I referred to below now nearly doubled to a cool 3 grand (£ sterling). It is like they don't actually want to sell a bottle unless it is way above market price - as soon as the market catches up they double the price again. Unless - (solemn pause) - £3,000 really is they new market price for an 80's Karuizawa.

  15. numen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Nose: Some cedar, but high on game meats, dried fruit nibs. Jam!
      Strawberries, coffee, and something slightly bitter that's 'off,' but
      delicious. Also some orange marmalade along with a mix of coffee and
      dark chocolate tones. (with water) bourbon honey, if you know what I
      mean, and caramel. wood, coconut, and a cedar box. very dark dates. what
      a transformation! eventually more coffee and very light game notes. the
      subtle salt is really splendid.
    • Taste
      Palate: Wow! the entry is red berries and orange liqueur. this quickly
      yields to some wooden bitterness, just temporarily and then blends into
      gorgeous coffee and sherry after a lovely 5-course meal. Pecans,
      peppers, pralines, as well as burnt sugar and chai tea in the
      background. (with water) Sweeter, and again more rum+bourbon, but the
      scotchy sherry notes return. extremely graceful.
    • Finish
      Finish: long and elegant, with coffee, subtle berries, caramel coated
      fruit, oxidative sherry notes, and wood. This is a sherry bomb, but it
      never loses itself in any direction. The gamey meats help keep these
      sorts of things in check, and these do very, very well for me

  16. cavalier66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    More reasonably priced (so far) over at Whisky Auction than The Whisky Barrel`s crazy price!

  17. ChungLin scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    One of the best Sherry Bombs tried, and yet balanced. But now, this bottle is ridiculously priced after winning the MMA gold medal, as maybe this bottle is harder to find than the 1983 Noh MMA gold medal. 

  18. cavalier66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Serge at Whisky Fun mentions the gunpowder - and he isn`t wrong.  Wow.  Who knew that gun powder could be so pleasant! I would say this is less complex and fruity than other `zawas - but the dry, flinty, mineral qualities are great. Solid and powerful dram - if not reaching the heights of some other early 80`s `zawas.

  19. Kainen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I love this! One of the best Karuizawas I`ve tasted so far. It has everything I want in a sherried whisky. Perfect balance of sweetness and flavour. Not too dry. Worth every penny.

  20. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky but it's true that this gunpowder side is a bit too pronounced. We would like a little more fruit too.
    • Nose
      very expressive, open immediately, on wood, varnish, leather, walnut, many spices, not very fruity. Then after reading that Serge found gunpowder (which had not hit me before), I found more and more, not just the nose
    • Taste
      still gunpowder, texture quite thick, very dry taste, alcohol very well integrated, we do not feel the 61%, we find the wood, chocolate, a little dried fruit. With water a little less gunpowder and a little orange
    • Finish
      very long, dry, noble wood, tobacco, always a little gunpowder

  21. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Malt Maniacs Awards 2012 (MMA): collected a gold medal, with an average score of 90 points. Still available.

  22. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. lalie003 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Aromas of salty salty caramel!
    Delicate despite the 61.6%.


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