Karuizawa 1981

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
03 Nov 2012 1:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 11440.00

31 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

89 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1981

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.05 points

  1. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    There is nothing remarkable about the price, it is sheer lunacy Maltytowers. I regard Japanese whisky the same way I did the technology shares boom, there is little point in buying into it now.

    Be sure to do a tasting note when you crack it open, hopefully when you purchased your bottle you got it for a fair price, a price that you can afford to open it at. :)

  2. Maltytowers did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This whisky sold for £4,100 at whiskyauctioneer.com on March the 6th 2017. Remarkable!

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N: This is as dense a sherry whisky as you’ll find - and It gives butter-fudge with cranberries!!! - and that wood character, wow. Compared to the 1980/2015 WB, this isn’t ashy - more tobacco leaf [partially dried], tree sap/resin and a whole gambit of sweet & dried fruits, ham/gammon and chocolate covered berries. It has to be said no other distillery, Japan or otherwise comes close to matching this character.
    T: So intense, but settles soon enough with dense, woody cough syrups, sweet syrups and raspberry & redcurrant lozenges, with the sherry cask and malt spirit working harmoniously. Thats some nice chew - like malty, leaf tobacco should [in dreams], and dry as a bone malt into the finish
    F: Theres the tobacco now - fully fledged, with the vanilla-malt still strong, smoked gherkins and roll mop? [My palate is clean i promise]. Dusty, dry wood lingers after the vanilla malt has taken its leave, unrushed. Very dry and ashy at the death.
    C: Rather than wishing for more, I will be grateful for what [little] i received.

    Scores an A[-] 91

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

    This Whisky was sold for 3.671 € at Whiskyauction in Feb.2016
    and for 3.665 € in Oct. 2015and for 4.005 € in Aug. 2015

  5. Sonett scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Karuizawa
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. whiskas scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Heavy sherry, liquorice, furniture polish, tobacco leafs, dried beef, dark syrup, molasses, caramel, demerara sugar, dried fruit, prune compote, raisin, cherry, soy sause, rich chocolate sauce, coffee, orange, salt, pepper, anise, cinnamon and hint of nutmeg. There is also a smoky influence like juniper on bonfire.
    • Taste
      Dry yet sweet, liquorice, burnt sugar, syrup, tyrkish pepper drops, star anise, prunes, raisin, dark bitter chocolate, coffe, orange, assorted red berries, almond, clove, pepper, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Long spicy dry finish with liquorice, redcurrat, cherry, pepper and anise.


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