Karuizawa 1980

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 sep 2013 11:29 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 24694.71

25 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

107 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1980

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.60 points.

  1. Christian1981 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    What a drop. In the nose dark fruits pickled raisins.
    On the palate a board. Chocolate and oak und süß.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sherry toffee cooked fruits cedar incense dont feel much sulfur, very drinkable

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Before I do any notes it is really interesting that the low rates are by members who post regular on here?

    A very strange beast this one, some flavours are nice but the sum of the parts does not add up
    Shame, not even close to some of the best Karuizawa out there.
    You are paying for the name if you are buying the bottle, you would certainly not buy it for the taste.
    I did find it very interesting to taste this one.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Nothing much to speak of very distant, faint sherry hints but there is something burnt in the mix and faint coffee notes,
      If you keep going there is some dark stewed plum with prunes.
      Perhaps water will open this up, try that later?
      A neutral score of 75 is all I can give this neat?
    • Taste
      82 82
      This is like cough syrup so not a good start. The peat is almost stripping the feeling from your tongue, it is not a power thing but more the taste that does it.
      It settles down on mocha, coffee beans and a slight brown vinegar note and does improve with time but like the Hanyu I have just tasted it is all front loaded as a taste experience after the initial blast of flavours there is little else to speak of.,
      There is a nice stewed plum note, (Damson) but there is a sulphur not that stops it, not bad enough to stop the taste but its there.
    • Finish
      73 73
      short on flavout but the throat feels warm for a long time, mouth drying, not the best of finished.
      This certainly does not leave you wanting more.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 78 points Photo Moderator

    It's one of the rare Karuizawa's with a really different but rather weird taste - it's not really bad not great either - it reminds me on the Karuizawa 1977 #7026 but the main difference is that this one has some really unfavorable notes like cabbage/rotten vegetables and sweaty leather shoes
    • Nose
      76 76
      Very interesting - first sniff is cabbage, coal gas, cooked vegetables, leather, old wood, shoe cabinet, burned matches - then nutmeg, tobacco, chocolate, coffee - so far this nose is pretty unique but not necessarily great
    • Taste
      80 80
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, mellow, good sweetness, dried fruits, tobacco, spices, nutmeg, old sherry wood, more shoes in a wooden cabinet, more leathery, more burned matches, toasted bread, espresso, little tar
    • Finish
      78 78
      Long, warm, woody, more tar, little herbal

  5. yanik61 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Great whisky, love it ...!!!

  6. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

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

    This Whisky was sold for 3.805 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015and for 3.290 € in Apr. 2015and for 2.310 € in Feb. 2015

  8. GN? scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    . I'm really not bothered by sulfur.  I thought this was a very interesting Karuizawa .Anyone that has a bottle of this" tainted "whisky, and feels it is ruined by sulfur please pm me. I will happily drink the rest of your bottle.

  9. tarax69 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Completely ruined by too much sulphur, especially on the nose. The worst case of too much sulphur I have ever experienced.

  10. magic_slim scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    It is a pity: Such a nice nose and mouthfeel, but everything ruined by sulphur when swallowed.
    • Nose
      Smells like fried pork pieces dunked in soya sauce and rolled in roasted sesame at first nosing. There is a whiff of sulphur as well, but not unpleasant. Notes of shoe polish as well. More and more fruity aromas are coming up - lychees, fruit salad (oranges, mangos). Sweet. Needs a lot of time time to develop and for nosing. A lovely nose.
    • Taste
      Lovely, sweet and fruity with notes of sandalwood as long as the whisky is still in the mouth. A lot of sulphur - like chewing matchsticks - when swallowed. I never had a whisky that tasted so much like sulphur before, and I have tasted more than 2000 different ones so far. Definitely unpleasant!
    • Finish
      Very long, becoming dry and slightly bitter with notes of sulphur lingering on. Even more unpleasant.

  11. addyhd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Who say's ??? Check the ratings !!

  12. kristian did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Is this as bad as every says ??  i was going to pick up a bottle but having second thoughts...  

  13. whiskas scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Bad sulphur notes entirely ruins this whisky. Spent matchstick, burnt rubber, ashtray..


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022

Forgot your password?