Karuizawa 1981

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
26 years old
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 dec 2008 12:53 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 17685.08

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1981

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.87 points.

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nuts tobacco leather honey marzipan, very good karuizawa

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Well, this is on the typical high Karuizawa level - I quickly compared against a 1972 cask 7290 and this one is clearly below because it's less charismatic (less fruity and less leathery / oaky / smoky / etc.)
    • Nose
      Intense, sherry wood, nutty, hints of leather and smoke, whiffs of vanilla and tobacco, subtle sweetness, toffee notes, little citric, red fruits too - very good
    • Taste
      Very very punchy, oily, lots of nuts - almost hints of hazel nuts, oak wood, dark chocolate, toffee, little sweetness, little fruitiness - really not bad
    • Finish
      Long and burning, peppery, zesty and a tad bitter in the end - can take a lot of water

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Tsunami waves of dark sweet roasted malt, warm chocolate fondue with
    softer notes of custard and wet forest coming thru gradually, minty and
    fresh, sweet mouth wash. Dried flower, black peppery spice. Compact and
    solid without compromising on overall finesse and ultra affluent. P- Punchy monk fruits, chocolate sweet malt, dried nuts rounded with
    unusual buttery charred oak. Sherry cask matured can't come better then

    F- Long, rounded, soft. Graceful and muscular. This is a Mohd Ali- floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      99 99

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Vintage' 1981/2007 (58.1%, OB, cask
    This one was selected by Marcin at
    One Drinks Company and it did extremely
    well at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2007,
    with a Gold Medal and the Top Japanese
    Malt Award. Colour: amber. Nose: truly
    powerful, starting on an immense,
    but truly enjoyable woodiness. Big
    varnishy notes, almonds and marzipan,
    green tea and hints of horseradish
    (or wasabi – Japanese indeed).
    Then it’s the wilderness that
    speaks out, with notes of humus, moss,
    pine needles, roots, wet dead leaves...
    And finally a big mint and a big eucalyptus.
    Oh, and our beloved dried mushrooms.
    It’s not really subtle whisky
    but the boldness and compactness are
    very, very enjoyable. With water:
    now it’s fully on dried mushrooms
    (boletus and these huge black Chinese
    ones) and Havana tobacco. Hyper-concentrated.
    Mouth (neat): huge, fat, punchy, heavily
    concentrated. ‘Good’ oak
    infusion, walnut skin, curry, mustard
    and bread crust. Goes on with cough
    syrup and green bananas. It’s
    amazing that all this oakiness remains
    good – I mean, excellent. With
    water: it’s the spices that
    really go out now. Pepper first, then
    cloves and cinnamon, then nutmeg...
    How big this is! Finish: very long
    – more of the same. One of the
    most muscular whiskies I had these
    months, no doubt. SGP:586
    - 91 points.


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

    This Whisky was sold for 2.010 € at Whiskyauction in Oct. 2015and for 2.104 € in Aug. 2015

  7. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    http://www.nonjatta.com/2007/12/karuizawa-1981vintage.html https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22880/lot/163/ : -o

  8. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Karuizawa !!
    • Nose
      Powerful and alcoholic, here is one that will require a few minutes of ventilation. Yes, it's beautiful now. Very sherry of course, but dry, with well-developed vinous notes, rancio, humus, black mushrooms, rubber, then fruit (cherries with alcohol, plum jam, orange marmalade), cream coffee. Add to that a distant smoke that frames the whole thing. Gorgeous.
    • Taste
      Powerful, thick, explosive! In the straight line of the nose, complex, with beautiful tobacco notes, plum, cherries with alcohol, dark chocolate, precious wood, a little rubber, some spices (ginger?), And a earthy peat and smoke of the most beautiful effect. Alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Long, endless, on sherry, wood, but without astringency.

  9. Finlaggan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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