- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Noh Whisky
- Stated Age
- 31 years old
- Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 56.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- La Maison du Whisky
- Added on
- 07 May 2013 1:32 am
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131 × member ratings
191 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1981
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.95 points
- On my nose I received dark syrup, red apples, oak tree, figs, caramel knuckle, some ginger, orange marmalade, coffee, leather; hint of passion fruit and pepper. The taste was sweet, with toffee, dark syrup, anise, some pepper and hints of smoke, key and a little mineral note. The ending was half-dry and long, with toffee, some smoke, red apples and cocoa. With some water there was some cardamom on the nose, along with menthol, vanilla, coca cola (ginger, toffee) and red apples. The flavor got more cocoa and sherry, with some clearer mineral notes. The finish got more oak tree, with some licorice and more malt. Here, I think the nose was better than taste and ending, which might be a little dry and mineral, if absolutely critical. Better losses are found, but this is equally a superb Karuizawa. Grade: 91/100
- A fairly typical Karuizawa, perhaps a little too varnished compared to the best.
very varnished, tobacco wax, slightly woody, dates, figs. Pretty classic but very beautiful. Small tip suffused in the background, it is hoped that it does not take over with time.
powerful, big scale, alcohol very well integrated, beaucop of varnish again, chocolate, mocha, tobacco, leather, dried fruits.
- Very complex, powerful, no off-notes - fantastic!
Intense, fresh oranges, new furnitures, wet pipe tobacco, spices, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, hints of dried fruits, prunes, finest sherry wood - excellent!
Punchy, oily, liquorice, good sweetness, more dried and cooked fruits, cooked oranges, jam, more spices, xmas spice, nutmeg, zesty, shoe polish, chocolate, little nutty - superb!
Long, warm, more punchy, spicy, little woody, dark chocolate, little tannins, not really drying - great!
- 3 bottles of this Whisky were sold for 2210€, 2215€ and 2255€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).
- Nose melted with perfectly integrated alcohol, tobacco, plum, sesame, marzipan and caramel, dilution brings coffee. Attack very sweet, covering texture, the mouth is very melted too, fig, plum, coffee. Long and warm final on the coffee liqueur. A very big whisky.
- Well, complex and rich mouth. Another good Karui
Sherry on a meaty profile (dried meat and smoke), figs and prunes. Armagnac side too, leather, coffee and tobacco. Alcohol is too much for me but aeration is very good, and the whole thing becomes much more precise.
Powerful, and better balanced than the nose. Many leather, varnish, and precious woods. There are mostly white pepper notes that seem so ubiquitous that the mouth might seem a little monolithic. Nevertheless, there is also leather, other spices, and dried fruits with an old old school sherry side.
Long, more marked by praline and pepper.
- sample from a friend
Ah yes, this is the stuff. Rich, typical Karuizawa. Plums, dates, dense millionare bread, cherries (bitter and sour), and varnished leather belt. Molasses and pressed orange zest, figs marinading in aged cognac. Some ginger. The sherry here is just a light touch of smoke and cocoa. Turkish coffee grounds leftover. Fabulously decadent, deep, and still precise. Spanish brandy essence and darjeeling tea leaves. (with water) Water heightens the relief, drawing the leather, coffee, and cocoa out further. The fruit gives way to more spice and vanilla creme. Still full of dates, dry fig skins, and stale (nice) dry apple skins.
Lighter and silkier on the palate than I'd have anticipated. More old and bitter red and purple fruit jam and dates, quickly turning to leather coated with coffee and baking cocoa flecks. Lightly bitter and oak caramel. Cherry, skin of ginger root. Vanilla and cola, too. (with water) Nice and rather bitter coffee with some sweetened dark chocolate. Water dissipates it, with a drop of sea-sugar to the front. Spicy ginger, thin molasses with water honey.
Especially with water, this really lasts on leather, coffee, old furniture, and varnished leather, a hint of salt, and thin caramel molasses. Just a dollop of fruit. Really a great Karuizawa, fairly typical of the age and vintage. The nose, especially neat, is the best. Maybe could use a bit more oomph on the palate.