Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
48 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottled for
Wealth Solutions
Added on
14 Feb 2013 8:35 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 78.000,00

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42 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1964

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.13 points

  1. autowatch092 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark copper
    Nose: Massive with cherries and berries, candied orange zest, hints of eucalyptus, a good whiff of a well-stocked cigar humidor, densely interwoven mild spices and a hard to describe ‘earthy freshness’.
    Palate: The fruitiness feels fresher than on the nose, with lime, kumquats, and hints of red currant with a minimal bitternes that is weak enough not to be disturbing, then hints of perfumed tea and those lovley spices again.
    Finish: Very long with fruits and spices playing together and giving way to a little smoke at the very end.
    Overall: This is a truly great whisky and not really what you would expect from a heavily sherried malt. Over the decades, wood spice and sherry fruit have blended into something unique here. My tasting notes just scratch the surface.


  2. D'Artim did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Sold for 17,600.00 GBP at Whisky-Online Auctions about 25,000 euro.

  3. Durendal scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    After over 2 years, Live auction is being opened for this great and extremely rare whisky.
    That might be a good opportunity to buy it in a good pricehttp://www.whisky-onlineauctions.com/karuizawa-1964-2012-48-year-old-lot-id-911.html

  4. Pauliepol scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Superb! One of the best whiskies ever, so complex! Tried It at the Warsaw Premiere Night.

  5. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note of Master of Malt:

    This is an extremely rare, extremely old bottling from the exulted Karuizawa distillery in Japan. Aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre Sherry Oak cask, at the time of bottling, it is the oldest expression from this now closed distillery.

    This single malt whisky lay undisturbed in a traditional dunnage warehouse at Karuizawa before being transported to Chichibu for bottling. Being a single cask whisky, only 143 bottles are available, each individually numbered and presented in a dark wooden box fashioned in part from Polish black fossil oak.

    Karuizawa 1964 Cask #3603 is bottled at natural cask strength (57.7% abv), is non-chill filtered, and retains its natural colour.

  6. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Tangerines intertwine with sweet spring blossoms before yielding to freshly-dug earth, and hushed myrrh and styrax. Flowers repeat undercut and enhanced by the earthy quality - wet moss emerges from the undergrowth. Hewn trees warmed by the sun and lovely perfumes linger.Palate: Age does not deplete the force of this potent dram. Spiced orange chocolates and rich oak pervade with savoury dark sugars covering the mouth. Well-balanced throughout, it stands up well to water. Softer balance reveals itself as the alcohol is soothed by the water.Finish: Long, lingering, pleasantly drying, and gently spicy. A dram that will live in memory, not just for the rarity, but for the flavour.Overall: Capturing the essence of the Japanese value of harmony, this whisky truly provides an exceptional experience across all senses and is far-and-away extraordinary.

  7. PabloW scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    ,,This magnifico bottle was just launched on Feb 13 in Warsaw. Colour: rich amber. Nose: rather than smoky and chocolaty like some other old Karuizawas could be, this one is full of overripe fruits and the jams made thereof, with many spices and sappy ‘things’ in the background. In fact, it’s quite extraordinary. Strawberries with menthol? Figs and marzipan? Dates and liquorice? Quinces with some putty? There’s even something coastal that’s growing and growing, but the whole rather makes me think of some glorious very old but terrifyingly vibrant sherried Speysider that would have sucked a little extra-menthol out of a magnificent cask. And maybe a little beef stock at the same time… With water: Karuizawa really loves water, the whisky became even more fabulous and incredibly complex. Some fruitcake especially made for a very wealthy and completely mad dictator? Mouth (neat): what the hell is this? I’ve never found this is any malt whisky… Some kind of overripe tropical fruits, maybe longans? There’s also this curious cheesy side, absolutely wonderful (in this context!) New Comté or other fruity Jurassian cheese? There’s also a lot of oak, which is normal, but what’s important, I think, is that it’s all perfectly integrated. Add to that some tangerine liqueur, black pepper, cumin, cloves, grape pips (ha, resveratrol!)… All that is very big, it’s almost a monster of a whisky. With water: these wonderfully strange notes grew even bigger. Swiss cheese with mango jam. Finish: endless, with the spices singing many songs. No I won’t list them all, do not worry. Bitter chocolate in the aftertaste (tannins, but no worries). Comments: first it’s brilliant whisky, and second, it’s ‘different’ whisky. Respect. I’m sorry, but that’ll be SGP:571 - 95 points." - Serge Valentin, Whiskyfun.com



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