Karuizawa 1983

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky - Chorei Beshimi
Stated Age
28 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
05 Sep 2012 10:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 14832.03

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211 × member ratings

213 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1983

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.84 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    My vintage and my whisky No. 2000 - I could hardly have found a better one for that. Great drop and it makes you want to discover more of this kind in the future. Everything is just right here - very high level from the first nose to the last sip.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly smoky (in the direction of smoked ham), dusty wood, balsamic vinegar, old leather jacket of a pipe smoker, game spice, plums, lots of oak (coffee, old oak cupboard and light wood acid). The flavors really overwhelming - sherry and old wood at the ready!
    • Taste
      Wow the skin pure - full-bodied, aromatic and woody. Full board old board. It explodes properly. Subtle smoke, herbal sweets, plum jam, warming spices, tobacco, rum sweetness and, as already mentioned, oak (chocolate with 90% cocoa and violent espresso).
      Just as complex and overwhelming as the nose. Just great !
    • Finish
      Damn long finish and mega intense. Herbal liqueur, rum sweetness again and now even heavy smoke (greasy), viscous PX sherry, dark chocolate and old tobacco can, very woody but not yet in the uncomfortable area. Wow it stays forever.
      If you like sherry and wooden boards, you are in the whisky heaven. You have to look for a longer finish for a long time.

  2. numen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: This is very much in line with Karuizawa 'Noh' bottlings that I've
      had; a touch darker, heavier, and richer in profile. Fig, prune, plum,
      dates. Coffee, high cacao chocolate that's just slightly melted.
      Slightly citric like from oak tannins in an elderly Armagnac. Mushrooms,
      sandalwood, thin salty smoked meat, raisins, and dried flower petals.
      Loads and loads of tobacco and cigar. (with water) fruitier and the
      notes are sweeter and jammier. slightly more extracted, in a good way,
      more refined and elegant, and at least as good.
    • Taste
      Palate: Thick and wonderfully rich. Tobacco, cigar wrapper, syrup, rum,
      licorice, anise, various liqueurs. There is a plastic quality, but it
      just works, oddly enough, playing a good role in the transition of
      flavors across the palate. More chocolate, malt, and coffee. (with
      water) Water subdues the flavors a touch, just a touch, but all the
      flavors are there and still very strong. New notes of, yep, chili and
      ginger. Chocolate is a bit more obvious.
    • Finish
      Finish: More of the same, and more bitter coffee grinds (small quantity -
      a little goes a long way, and this makes you want more). Salty-smoky
      meat, lit cigar, tobacco, and all the rest. There really IS something to
      these Noh bottlings. This was fantastic. I'll have to *ahem* open my
      bottle before too long.

  3. kimmosuo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    When these sort of whiskies were released by Speciality Drinks THEY WERE round £150-£200 which to me as a drinker would be a fair price.
    This one was way over the edge and too woody.
    The nose is by far the best part.
    Tasted with 5 drops of water.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Obviously heavy sherry, thick plump raisins, dark juicy plum, black currant, dark soy sauce, something meaty, beef dripping.
      I suppose you would describe this as the obligatory heavy sherry Karuizawa nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Bittersweet is my first thought, like everything the nose suggested fruit wise, stewed.
      The problem is with this one is that it is sour basically and to me not particulalrly enjoyable .
      The nose gives a false impression there is much more wood on the palate than the nose hints at.
      Certainly a very meaty sherry but any fruit sweetness is swamped by the wood and meaty bitterness, the sweeter fruit is fighting for it's life.
      Difficult to score, maybe a dark orange tint at the end.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finally at the very end some sweetness pushes through, but far too late to save it.

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. tenortelfer scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. autowatch092 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark copper
    Nose: Prunes, cherries, tobacco, smoked ham, old leather, hints of chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    Palate: Prunes, morello cherries, chocolate (not a very dark one), hints of a herbal bitter, espresso, mixed oriental spices.
    Finish: Long, fruity and spicy with a little bit of smoke.
    Overall: One of those fantastic old Karuizawas that despite being sherry monsters show an amazing density of ‘secondary’ flavours and where everything is perfectly balanced.


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

    This Whisky was sold for 3.555 € at Whiskyauction in May 2015and for 2.705 € in March 2015

  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Superb Karuizawa, highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Wow, this is the aroma that Karuizawa is so famous for. For me it is the best nose in the whisky world. A mixture of dried fruits with sandalwood, leather and tobacco. 

      Strong notes of dried mangos, also prunes, raisins, and red berry jam. 
      There is a delicate sweetness with marzipan and cake.
      I could spend hours with nosing this whisky.
    • Taste
      Powerful and bold, an explosion of aromas, warming from deep inside. Sweet Ricola cough drops, liquorice and toffee. Surprisingly I taste citrus fruits as well. 
    • Finish
      Long, fruity and spicy, with the aromas from the palate lingering on.

  10. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Karuizawa 28 yo 1983/2012 (57.2%, OB, Noh Whisky, sherry butt, cask #7576, 571 bottles)
    Fun that they put a photograph of this humble taster aboud to try an
    old Karuizawa on the label ;-).

    Colour: dark amber.

    Nose: we’re roughly
    in the same category as the older ones from two or three years ago (1967
    and such). That is to say that it’s ridden with incense, sandalwood,
    pipe tobacco and crème de menthe at first nosing, just before a massive
    combination of chocolate, prunes, coffee, peonies, eucalyptus and dried
    beef (Grisons meat) starts to strike. With water: figs and dates galore!
    And raisins, leather cream, old balsamic vinegar, almond oil… Truly
    wonderful. Mouth (neat): exceptional! Sure it’s a tad bitter and very
    ‘extractive’ (Jaegermeister) at very first sips, but the richness and
    the complexity are astounding, especially since the whole is also quite
    nervous (lemon) and anything but too thick – so it’s not cloying at all.
    The best pipe tobaccos. Menthol. With water: blimey, there isn’t the
    tiniest flaw in there, although it becomes a notch narrower with water.

    Finish: long, fruity, jammy, spicy. Touches of green oak in the
    aftertaste, that’s were this baby’s maybe a little less stunning and
    loses one or two points.

    Comments: these babies are pretty unbeatable.
    Both massive and very elegant whiskies, not too sure Scotland can beat
    them fair and square.

    SGP:662 - 93 points. whiskyfun.com


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