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Overall rating
91.61/100
votes
63
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1984
Bottled
2013
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Cask
Casknumber
3663
Number of bottles
354
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Japanese Label
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
04 Oct 2013 10:49 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7949,30

25 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

107 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1984

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.61 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a whisky like a story
    wonderfully rich, yet warm and soft tension..
    but on a calm level
    yes!I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      warm asphalt after a summer rain, a dull smell
      a basket of ripe plums in your arm you cross the damp steaming street
      it smells like the rubber tire braking ...
      You walk into the old Bodega
      in here, it smells like wood and sherry residues in glasses
      for your plums you get a pot of fresh plum jam
      You open it ... the plum jam has long cooked, it is dark and thick, maybe a little burnt, definitely he is well seasoned, a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and cardamom something, orange zest, some apple,
      the girl brings you a spoon so you can try
      Its hands smell of the thin vinegar water, are wiped the tables
    • Taste
      in the mouth you feel the ripe plums as gently as if they were still enveloped by their skin, smooth and flattering, the spices stun slightly your tongue clove stays up into the throat, cinnamon and orange peel, and at the end you taste also the cardamom, you taste even some of the tobacco smoke and the sherry remains from the glasses of the men, between the palate and tongue
      a soft glow in the throat
    • Finish
      dry and long
      cinnamon and plum cores ...> wood (somewhat bitter) and dark chocolate dry
      > salt and sweet malt,> ripe cherries in cold ashes

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a whisky like a story
    wonderfully lush, while warm and soft
    Tension but on a quiet level
    yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      Warm asphalt after a summer rain, a dull smell
      A basket of ripe plums in your arms you cross the damp steaming road
      it smells of the rubber braking tire ...
      You go to the old bodega
      Inside, it smells of wood and the sherry residue in the glasses
      for your plums you get a pot of fresh plum jam
      You open it ... the mus cooked for a long time, it is dark and thick, maybe a little burnt, in any case it is well seasoned, a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and some cardamom, orange peel, some apple in between,
      The girl brings you a spoon so you can try
      Her hands smell of the thin vinegar water used to wipe tables
    • Taste
      In the mouth you feel the ripe plums as gently as if they were still wrapped in your shell, smooth and caressing, the spices slightly numb your tongue, clove stays in the throat, cinnamon and orange peel and in the end you also taste the cardamom, you taste even some of the tobacco smoke and the sherry residue from the men's glasses between the palate and the tongue
      a soft glow in the throat
    • Finish
      Dry and long
      Cinnamon and plum kernels ...> Wood (slightly bitter) and dark dry chocolate
      > Salt and sweet malt,> ripe cherries in cold ashes

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Chocolate and orange matches very well for me - excellent!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of milk chocolate, pipe tobacco, hints of dried fruits, little toffee, fine sherry notes - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, creamy, little punchy, more chocolate, more dried fruits, more toffee, subtle sweetness, spices, nutmeg, more tobacco, hints of cooked oranges - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, again chocolaty

  4. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a very special whisky
    the 56% alcohol is perfect
    Now I can understand why the Karus are so sought after
    from the first smell to the last drop ... the whisky takes us on a journey
    once in a lifetime
    and again the sky is very close
    • Nose
      heavy, fat and juicy sherry
      cooked plums with a pinch of cinnamon and a few cloves
      Spice coffee from the Orient
      in between all the dark aromas you will always find a ripe pear
      dark chocolate with orange, a lot of orange, orange with forest honey
      dusty, old wooden floorboards
      but also a certain "dirty note"
      hard to describe ... a mix of seawater and still warm asphalt
      you do not want to stop smelling
      the fragrance is unique and beguiling
      lovely and wicked at the same time
      Stimuli that you can not resist
      you try, but ultimately you can not
    • Taste
      now it is there, the first touch
      a quiet atmosphere, but still so exciting
      ripe plums with cinnamon and other spices
      Espresso and pipe tobacco
      an old, weather-beaten wooden latte exudes a special charm
      Finally, there is a touch of sweet orange again
    • Finish
      dry, dusty oak
      the fruitiness sparkles again and again
      the thoughts are still eternal
      your throat is glowing, you are glowing

  5. thijs100 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note from mr. Serge Valentin for the Karuizawa 1984 #3663:

    "No comments needed, I guess. Are we far enough from the launch? I think that happened in January this year. This baby was part of a Karuizawa tutored tasting I did with His Excellency Dave Broom at Whisky Live Paris this year. Well I’m afraid Dave did 80% of the job. Colour: bronze coffee. Nose: the brightest manzanilla blended with the most complex amontillado. It is amazing. It reminds me of the olden times when I used to smoke cigars, especially when I came across my first 50-cabinet of Lusitanias, around 1990. That was at Gérard’s in Geneva and… but why am I telling you all this utterly uninteresting nonsense? A magnificent nose anyway. With water: smoke and ashes! Mouth (neat): beats them all. Especially the wee blend of aniseed, mint and eucalyptus is superb. Wait, are we sure Karuizawa weren’t actually making… cough syrup for the Emperor of Japan? I also find a touch of ‘good’ soap. With water: a massive camphory semi-dry sherry. Finish: very long, earthy, slightly mentholated again. Corinthian raisins. Comments: utterly love this, especially since I love sappy/earthy profiles – and despite the fact that some Karuizawas are rather more complex in my opinion."

    Score: 93 points

  6. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. ChungLin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This cask is very rich and thick. A tad too thick indeed. Complex and quite balance, but slightly on bitter and sour side with some burnt rubber elements. Can't swim well. Not on the top but very drinkable, I still like 3692 better

  8. djork scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Sinbad50 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Bottles allocated by lottery. Lucky enough to have been allocated one.

  10. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Approximately 250 bottles released according to TWE on twitter

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