Karuizawa 1981

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cocktail Serie
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Added on
20 Oct 2012 12:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11239.13

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1981

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.72 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes we forget why we love whisky and a nice slap puts us back in the right way.
    Maybe my favorite Karuizawa so far. The nose is just fabulous (95/96). The mouth is not outdone even if I would spend more time with (1cl, it goes so fast). I need a face to face with the # 152. Thanks Andy for the dram.
    • Nose
      This nose is a marvel and a rare aromatic power. A slap of wood and eucalyptus arrive directly in the nose. We also feel an ubiquitous acidity with blackcurrant. A bit of ripe banana is also there with a little rum pineapple. The precious Karuizawa wood is there in all its splendor. Old and dusty. A large dose of leather is also present, as are aromas of undergrowth. Liquorice, 90% chocolate. Cigar smoke. What complexity. Everything is there and everything is imposing. With the opening the smoke becomes intoxicating, between the cigar and the barbecue. Duck breast with pink flesh and caramelized on the edges. We also have some kirsch and more berries.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, red fruits stand out and mix with dusty wood. We also have a big dose of undergrowth, earth, pu ehr. Bold leather is here to add an oily side. Bitter black cocoa.
    • Finish
      This very long finish and warms up. On precious wood, undergrowth, licorice, blackberry jam and fresh mint.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I want to drink him again
    92 out of 100 points with the possibility for more
    not really an earthly whisky …
    • Nose
      dried-up plum wine
      dusty old walls
      old wooden gates
      dried algae
      sweet tea Sud
      Arabian Mocca
    • Taste
      dark chocolate
      brown sugar syrup
      bittersweet tea sud
      dusty old wood
      liquorice root
      while hot ginger chocolate glows in your throat
      you feel bitter dry wood on your tongue
      and you think of the dried plum wine
    • Finish
      this magic whisky has a lot of willful character
      he is like encrypted
      like an old dark story
      whose meaning can be felt, but can not detect

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    There is a lot of idiosyncratic character in this magical whisky
    he is like encrypted
    like an old dark story
    whose meaning one senses, but can not grasp

    I want to drink it again
    not really an earthly whisky ...
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    • Nose
      dried plum wine, dusty old walls, wooden gates,
      dried algae, sweet tea sud, salt, arabic mocha
    • Taste
      tart chocolate, brown sugarcane syrup, bittersweet tea, dusty old wood,
      while hot ginger glows chocolate in your throat
      Do you have dry, bitter wood on the tongue?
      and you are thinking of the dried-up plum wine
    • Finish
      plum seeds
      cold tobacco smoke
      sweetened tea
      and again plum kernels
      it stays
      a fine tingling on the tip of the tongue ..
      and salt liquorice ...

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    nice to get that whiff of smoke in a karuizawa, great sherry as expected

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Very complex, balanced and powerful - fantastic!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense, dried fruits, raisins, nutty, acacia honey, spices, cloves, little nutmeg, pepper, tobacco, cigars, rum soaked cherries, little meaty, beef stock, toffee, sherry wood - very good
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, very oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, plums, dates, hints of leather boots, fine sherry notes, pepper, spices, dark chocolate, also some cooked fruits - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, spicy, more woody but not drying

  6. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting blind!
    • Nose
      the tide but without excess, leather, chestnut honey, ashtray, cooked prunes, nice freshness when you stir the glass. Meat juice. Tobacco. Braised vegetable with sausage.
    • Taste
      Honey, tobacco, oily peat, salty, woody, spices. Astringent. Once diluted, it is the explosion of the nose that comes back. Honey, tobacco, cooked fruits. Smoother peat
    • Finish
      Short final on the empty ashtray, disappointing. Dilution, quickly! Beautiful length on classic sherry notes

  7. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    62nd Scotch Whisky Auction (June 2016): £ 2100

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

    This Whisky was sold for 2.405 € at Whiskyauction in Oct. 2015and for 2.005 € in March 2015

  9. cavalier66 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    And Ruben loved it - 94/100 - "a gem". 


    Yes I am a bit biased about this whisky - it is my favourite Karuizawa tasted to date (but many more to go...)

  10. cavalier66 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Nice (very positive) review by Clint over at Whiskies r us:



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