Karuizawa 1969

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
42 years old
Bourbon Cask
61.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Number One Drinks
Added on
19 oct 2012 1:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 34197.00

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1969

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.44 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A splendid Karuizawa which requires a lot of ventilation.
    If you are allergic to wood, it is better to go your way because it is very present, especially in the mouth.
    • Nose
      94 94
      What a nose. The type who perfumes the room, who exudes power and confidence.
      It's intense, deep. We start immediately with a huge note of varnish, precious wood. Finally, perhaps the most obvious trademark of good Karuizawa, whether they are Sherry or Bourbon.
      Then we evolve on oily leather, and some woody spices: vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon.
      The fruit is not to be outdone with a little caramelized apple, like tarte tatin.
      A little date, currants, brown sugar, old demerara.
      Then finally a nice dose of freshness with camphor, peppermint.
      The nose dances in the glass, evolving and accentuating a new specificity with each pass.
    • Taste
      93 93
      In the mouth, the alcohol, however powerful, is rather well integrated.
      We immediately evolve on stewed, caramelized fruit and camphor.
      Mirabelle plum tart with apples.
      Milk chocolate, raisin, pepper.
      The wood is there, with a very light smoke.
      The freshness is always there too with a nice dose of mint.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish, mainly woody, with pepper, dust, some cocoa and vanilla. We also have mint and over the sip, a little freshly ground coffee beans.

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  3. cavalier66 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Now up to £6062 at Bonhams HK May 2015

  4. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Karuizawa - especially the nose - although I had better ones.
    • Nose
      Smells like entering a candy shop. Sweet with notes of rum & raisin ice-cream and sandalwood at first nosing. There are notes of fruit in rum, honey, fresh orange peel, nail polish remover, tropical wood and cup-cakes. After some minutes and warming in my hands I smell apricots as well. A superb nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet and fruity at first mouthfeel, than becomes oaky and extremely spicy. Peppery and resinous with liquorice. Lemon zest in the background. Does not keep what the nose has promised.
    • Finish
      Long and satisfying, warming from deep inside. Oaky and spicy with liquorice, becoming dry and slightly bitter.

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    from the nose to the finish a harmonious interplay
    exotic and seductive like a fairy tale from the old days
    Depth and tension as harmonious staging

    • Nose
      Raisins in the dust
      crushed chocolate
      damp old wood
      the vanilla sweetness of a baked apple
      You can smell the pulp becoming crumbly and slowly crumbling
      the brown sugar and the raisins inside become hot and melt
      sweet spicy juice comes out and makes the wood moist
      warm plum wine flows into the opened hot apple
      You inject some liquid chocolate next to it
    • Taste
      the chocolate and the moist spicy wood feel on your tongue
      like a seductive exotic glow
      From your cheeks run the warm juice of the baked apple
      Plum is on your tongue
      on the palate mixes their firm fruity flesh
      with smoke and dust
      and turns into chocolate from another era in your mouth
      sweet plum juice makes the chocolate liquid again
    • Finish
      dry in alternation with damp
      chocolaty malt sweetness and salty malt sweetness
      and the barrel: soft and sweet
      then the slightly caramelized juice from the baked apple
      an idea of ​​sweet wood smoke
      sweet tobacco and brine
      and again the beautiful barrel with the juice of the baked apple ...

  6. numen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Very fresh, acidic (green apples in honey). Extremely high quality
      vanilla, and varnish trending to sweet glue. Cake frosting. Very well
      integrated sweet and natural wood. Candy apple and tropical fruits.
      (with water) Sweetness and acidity stand out more, wood is faint and has
      the vanilla-glue thing going on. Gorgeous vanilla, rich and creamy,
      with a teaspoon of powdered sugar. Intoxicating.
    • Taste
      The alcohol kicks into high gear at the mid-palate. Until then, it's
      honey-caramel at first. Heavy wood in the middle, though still less than
      an old bourbon. Apple, pineapple, and pinesap varnish. Rather tightly
      wound and could use some water. (with water) At first, very similar to a
      lightly wooded, soft wheated bourbon, but still scotchy in nature. Wood
      turns bitter after mid-palate.
    • Finish
      a little dry, still sweet, wood at the forefront. vanilla, frosting, and
      fruit. (with water) more on wood and glue. finish is better neat, but
      it's still excellent. The nose is just simply fabulous neat. One of the
      best ex-bourbon noses that I've had in a whisky, but the palate comes
      apart just a bit too much from the wood and alcohol, which never quite
      come into complete balance (with or without water)

  7. laurensl scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Karuizawa 42 yo 1969 (61,3%, Number One Drinks 2012, bourbon cask #8183)

    Nose: very bold bourbon oak influence.
    Different sorts of warm wood, sandalwood, cedar from cigar boxes, some
    thuja… In fact I like this kind of oakiness, it’s elegant and matches
    the oriental character. There’s also varnish and solventy notes.
    Leather. Underneath it has apricot jam, yellow plums and vanilla-coated
    berry cake. Touches of mint, with floral overtones.
    Mouth: this is where
    the wood starts to show more astrigency. Fruits are now heavily infused
    fruit tea. Slightly tangy ginger and clove as well. A little coconut
    oil. Unfortunately also a planky note which coats your mouth and a
    little tobacco sourness. Orange peel. Spruce needles. Again some flowery
    Finish: long, quite floral and heady. Mint and traces of the
    apricot jam.
    Score: 90/100

    from whiskynotes.be

  8. Kiezentriebwein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On my bottles the alcohol content is given as 61.3%.

  9. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Shall be the rarest and oldest ex bourbon single cask from this famous distillery at 42 years of age. Bottled exclusively for LMDW.


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