Karuizawa 1992

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
62.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Dec 2008 9:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2071.25

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47 × member ratings

57 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1992

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.29 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very herbal spicy floral with red fruits a bit of toffee a very enjoyable karuizawa

  2. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Actual score for price is 20, but I didn't want it lower the overall score too much.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I had the pleasure of tasting this Karuizawa on 2016-02-24. It was a fabulous experience. I'm afraid this will be my one and only Karuizawa for a very long time. What a shame.

    Needs some water drops to fully develop.
    • Nose
      Sherry, sweet, ripe red fruits, spices, cinnamon, freshness, grass, slightly peaty, salty
    • Taste
      Full on sherry sweetness, spices, grassy freshness, salty, slightly peaty. Fantastic.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dark sherry, dark sugar, slightly bitter, slightly drying

  4. prometheus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    the nose is lovely.
    but there s this lavendersoap on the taste....

    there were a few bowmores that had this.

    sorry, this is not for me....

  5. Finlaggan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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  6. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic stuff. A joy to drink. I understand that they no longer use
    peated malt at Karuizawa. I hope that works out for them, but on the
    basis of this, I'll be buying a bottle or two of the peaty stuff.
    • Nose
      Delightfully perfumed. Floral with violets and heather (ironically) and
      lots of other summer flowers that seem familiar, but I cant separate
      out. Hints of tropical fruits stored in hay, but the floral aromas are
      dominant. No sign of wood that I can find, but there is smoke and lots
      of it. But its not forceful. It's like a peat fire that has burnt down
      and thrown off all the dampness and gently glows filling the room with
      wonderful tarry smells. There's maybe a hint of elastoplast, but the
      medicinal smells are shy. Just wonderful.
    • Taste
      The peat is there, but that amazing floral perfume just cuts through it
      and gives it a sweetness that waters the mouth. Then the peat asserts
      itself. Full on tarry flavours now. Magnificent.
    • Finish
      Here comes the creosote and all the other things that have the
      peat-heads jumping for joy. The finish is only medium length and the
      slight ashiness at the end doesn't detract from it at all.

  7. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is very good stuff
    • Nose
      Spicy and chocolaty with something sweet that I can't identify - molasses perhaps?
      Floral. Interesting because there are lots of aromas in there that I haven't identified yet.
    • Taste
      Initially some lemon in here. Then it gets a tang of peat - is this peated? I don't know.
      Then some creosote - or is it asphalt? I find this quite complex. Hint of ginger that reminds me of Nadurra
    • Finish
      Reasonably long and ull of that same creosote/asphalt element.

  8. peathead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is SO different from the Scoth single malts whiskies I'm used to. It's a very peculiar whisky with a fantastic nose. A very good and complex whisky, mind you, but there is something 'mysterious' about it.
    • Nose
      (neat) Sweet alcohol, flowers, fresh fruit (apples?), it's quiet malty. Very soft at this alcohol %. It makes me think of a very full bodied Speysider. (with water) After a few minutes it becomes amazing! I pick up diesel (yes, I do), seaweed, and some peat. I almost don't dare say it but it reminds me of a light version of the Laph 30 (!!!).
    • Taste
      (neat) Very hot on the tongue! The high alcohol percentage camouflages a lot of flavours. Yet I can pick some peat and some smoke. It's still somewhat sweet with some flowery notes. (with water) Much better! This becomes very complex. Walnuts, some tar. It's strange, but there is something and I just can't put my finger on it. Oh boy, it sticks to my cheeks!
    • Finish
      Hot (!!), peppery, a bit sweetish, walnuts and just a faint wiff of smoke.

  9. Bachess scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    Good balance, great whisky
    • Nose
      Candy, flowers and spirity. Not unpleasant!
    • Taste
      Lots of raisins and fruits (oranges). Also some pepper and ginger (spicy). This Karuizawa can have the high strength (62.8%), without water it's even better.
    • Finish
      Raisins again and more chocolat. The longer you wait, the better gets the whisky!


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