Karuizawa 1999

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Noh Whisky
Stated Age
13 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
K&L Wine Merchants
Added on
26 Mar 2014 4:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7487.80

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1999

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.16 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I am not a big fan of sulfur. Without that, we would have had something really extra. We are in sherry which is very compact and powerful in the mouth. A beautiful explosion.
    Alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Nose
      Nose slightly sulfur. We are on a rather dirty and heavy sherry. Cherry brandy. Black fruits too ripe. Caramel, hazelnuts. A big veil of medicinal. Camphor, eucalyptus. Rubber.
      A whole dimension meaty, without being too grilled / smoke. Grison. Big leather. A little soil.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the sulfur is still there. Leather is also very present. It's once again very full-bodied and earthy. Mushrooms. Caffé, dark chocolate. It's almost a texture level syrup.
    • Finish
      Final in the continuity of the mouth. The return of black fruits and cherries.

  2. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Thanks for the sample Steve. Deep rust pour with almost green edges. Crazy nose -- rich fudge, malty dark beer (aged Thomas Hardy's Ale or an old barley wine), melange of dark fruit jams, even earthy with olives and general compost pile funkiness. As it breathes it's more about the heavy sherry and it's a bit more approachable. Not the thickest mouth among Zawas I've had, but certainly intensely potent -- beef stock, dark fudge, marshmallow, loads of old "wood ear" mushroom I'm often finding in Zawas. Pretty fascinating! Savory, for sure. So much mushroom in the finish with a pleasant alcohol burn throughout. It lacks the rich body and some integration of the older casks, but it's a cool, crazy one for sure.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    only the departure can assume the true age
    so young and so good
    yes, I'm in heaven thanks to Keith :)
    • Nose
      sulfurized small dark raisins
      Sherry rests in the wood
      a touch of old alcohol

      heavy fruity sweetness
      dark lilac scent
      Treaded old sand paths in wet mountain air
      wet leather sandals
      Scent of a spring morning
      the smell of mountain daffodils and citrus blossoms after the rain
    • Taste
      a drop and he is already wow

      Your way through the mountains
      trodden dust
      Your leather sandals are getting wet
      Light rain brings the smell of citrus blossoms and mountain daffodils to you
      the dark earth smells spicy
      Your fingers play in your trouser pocket with the small sulfurous raisins
      You push some between your wet lips
      a smile
      they taste like a sip of old Spanish sherry
      they will be sweet and spicy on your palate
      mingle with the memory of bergamot
      they will make you addicted
    • Finish
      the memory fades slowly and pleasantly

  4. numen scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: There's a really charming and medium weight malty fudginess
      wafting at the forefront. Behind it is a rich smattering of fruit and
      the faintest wisp of 'dirty sherry' smoke and light sulphur (no
      match-sticks, folks). Maraschino cherries in liqueur, mango, papaya.
      Lots of sweet yellow and red tropical fruits, and the savory elements
      balance out the sweetness very well. It smells thick, sticky, and
      syrupy. (with water) Water really brings out a melange of fresh and
      sticky fruit - mango, papaya, pineapple, cherries, you get the idea.
      Some ashy cigar, smoke, and sandalwood and other softly spiced wood.
    • Taste
      Palate: Thick, rich, and rather sticky. More savory than the nose would
      have suggested. Earth behind a softly sulphury sherry (no ham or
      gunpowder, either). Clay, or something like it. Dry cherry, syrup, and
      weak ristretto coffee. Really precocious and richly superb. (with water)
      Some of the fruit is still there at first, but it turns more to
      chocolate fudgy malt (subtle) that you sometimes get in Karuizawas of
      this age and vintage, more refined coffee, a sense of umami, a little
      more dirty sherry, burned cherries in syrup. More oily than sticky
      syrup. Exceptionally graceful and elegant.
    • Finish
      Finish: The fine (superb) coffee, light dry sandalwood, earth remain
      (especially after water), and the sweet fruit essence remains
      (especially neat). It's intensely sap like, as though a ripe mango and
      cherries were just oozing nectar. Many of the same fruits as before.
      It's a champ through and through. I thought about it all day after last
      night's foray. Cheers to the boys at K&L for this one. It's just the
      sort of thing that I love in Karuizawa, and here it's done so well.

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. tuntime scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A bottle that needs time to breathe. Complex and balanced on spiced, dry red fruit and savory, earthy notes. Water brings out sweet yellow fruits - mango, papaya, starfruit - over sandalwood. Mouthwatering finish. A compelling reminder of a lost distillery.


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