Karuizawa 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Calculated age
36 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
64.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 dec 2008 12:42 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 31462.00

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148 × member ratings

116 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1971

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.82 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    Very complex and extremely balanced, fruity and intense - one of the best Karuizawa's I had so far - delicious!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Intense, cooked fruits, cooked oranges, acacia honey, hints of toffee, dried fruits, little nutty, old wood, spices, nutmeg, cloves, fine sherry wood, whiffs of leather, chocolate - superb!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, plums, prunes, more cooked oranges, jam, more candied fruits, little coffee, spices, even some herbs, sherry wood, dark chocolate - excellent!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long, warm, spicy, dried fruits again, more herbal but not drying - great!

  2. ovanpuyvelde did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 3338€ at Whisky Auction (September 2017).

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

    1971/2008 (64.1%, OB, cask #6878)

    This one won one of the five Gold
    at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008. What
    an amazing strength at 37 years of
    age! Colour: amber – bronze.
    Nose: very hot and more on gentian
    eau-de-vie and very ‘ripe, dry
    figs’ (not rotting but quite).
    This should be superb but it’ll
    burn your nostrils as sure as 1+1=2.
    So, with water: loads of soft spices,
    ginger, sultanas, a little mint and
    unusual hints of Swiss cheese (gruyère
    – no flaw here, rather the contrary).
    It IS superb. Mouth (neat): ouch!
    As hot and heavy as a spirit can be,
    but not vulgar it seems… These
    notes of figs seem to be there, though…
    With water: yes, the figs are here,
    alongside dates, caramel fudge, a
    peppery peatiness, sultanas and plum
    jam. Simply excellent. Finish: long,
    maybe just a tad rough (but the 1977
    was a little rough as well). Comments:
    yes, simply excellent. Gets even better
    after 30 minutes of breathing. SGP:563
    - 90 points.


  4. Largiemeanoch did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Certainly a nose cleaner. Water is compulsory to tame its vibrant character and appreciate its richness
    • Nose
      Verytangy. Nutty. Rich. Dry almonds, raisins. Opens on luscious Dundee cake notes. But the alcohol is aggressive. A touch of old leather. With water,damson plums
    • Taste
      The alcohol bite is too strong to enjoy the smooth “would be”feel. Oily. Water brings out ripe fruit notes.And a lovely spicy festoon
    • Finish
      Toffeish,gently spicy

  5. Sonett scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    This one was expensive but worth every penny. Adding water calms down the explosion of taste a bit but is not really needed as 64% ABV not is noticeable as you would expect. An absolutely spectacular whisky.  
    • Nose
      Wow, what an impressive nose. Sherry is massive with Raisins, dates, figs. there are also oak vanilla, rubber, bitumen, amaretto and some more that I have a difficulty to put a name on.
    • Taste
      Enters sweet and then an explosion on different tastes. Sherry and the dark fruits from the nose comes as a tide wave, then soft spices oak, rubber, vanilla and tropical fruits. Absolutely wonderful
    • Finish
      Long and tasty finish with almost all of the tastes remaining all the way out

  6. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very good dram
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Willie JJ scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This dram has grown old, but in the most graceful way imaginable. The
    palate and finish don't really reach the heights of the nose, but how
    could they? Stuff like this makes a nonsense of points scales that give
    equal marks to different elements. Really if 90+ points makes a whisky
    worth trying then the nose on this is 95. But that's not the whole
    story; the palate and finish are fine too. They are just overshadowed
    by the opening. One of the most impressive things about this is the way
    that its handled the wood for 37 years. The whisky gives you things
    you would expect to find in an old dram without the intense wood spice.
    Its a thing of beauty and I'll always remember it. I have a little
    left in the sample bottle and I'll keep it for a wee while. I'd like to
    try this again after a gap.
    • Nose
      Oh God! This is one of the reasons why people would leave whisky in a
      cask for a ridiculously long time. Its all dark stewed fruits (prunes
      and mince pie filling) and sweet, burning apple wood. There are some
      things reminiscent of an old Ardbeg I had a wee while ago, (I think it
      was cask 1375), but there are serious differences too. This is much
      meatier, like an elderly peated Mortlach. Heaps of dried fruits
      delivered swiftly to your nostrils by the strength of this dram.
      There's leather there too. Old leather that hasn't been used for a
      while. Some linseed oil. And yet if you trap the vapour for a while
      the very first hit gives some floral elements. What a fantastic nose. I
      get the feeling that if you sat with it long enough it could take you
      anywhere you wanted to go. This has to be one of the best things I've
      ever nosed. If I was Jim Murray I might give it twenty four and seven
      eighths out of twenty five. Since its me I'll give it 25.
    • Taste
      Old leather and furniture polish, but its holding it tightly. I think
      it may need just a droplet of water to open up. Trouble is I'm scared
      to try. Here goes: Ah that cracks it. Just a tiny drop releases the
      flavours. Again I'm reminded of Mortlach at its best; a rich, full
      bodied meatiness. Mmm ...
    • Finish
      The finish is lovely. Its medium length rather than long, but it gives
      you the sensations of drying woodspice in a very gentle and charming

  8. Lafroy scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Definitely one of the best whiskies I have ever had. Highly recommended, if you ever get a chance to taste it.

  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    For me a candidate for the best whisky in the world.
    • Nose
      Oh so lovely! Intensive aromatic sherry sweetness. Also reminding of mixed fruit jam (strawberry, raspberry, apricot jam, plum butter, figs and sultanas). Nougat, toffee, tirasmisu, leather. Very very complex and perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      Powerful, extremely rich and oily. More or less the aromas from the nose are repeated on the palate. The sweetness is overwhelming reminding of the finest pralines ever made. Also reminding of a 1971 Port Wine of high end quality. Delicate wood, dark, exotic but always decent. I can not imagine any whisky tasting better.
    • Finish
      A never ending pleasure.

  10. Lafroy scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      At first contact you´ll be attacked with strongly sweet sherry mixed half to half with wood varnish giving the whisky the perfect balance. Additionally, hints of glue, sweet chocolate, prunes, menthols, cherries, hints of leather, mint, some smoke, roots, honey, as well as candied oranges. It´s perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      It starts extremely sweet with cream to is, then it becomes a little sour with hints of citrus and sweet red oranges. This doesn´t long forever, here come roots, white pepper and hot chili. It´s very warming! Additionally, hints of prunes, hair spray, cherries in chocolate and spirit, as well as hints of tobacco.
    • Finish
      Very long starting somewhere between sweetness and dryness, then filled with dried fruits, pepper and jalapeno. What a great whisky, well balanced and very complex.

  11. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 94 points Super Administrator

    The best whisky I've ever tasted thanks to Jimmy 321.

  12. corbuso scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful whisky, with an elegant combination of sherry and peaty. Very lovely.

  13. PeterR. did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    If anyone will sell a Bottle, feel free to contact me

  14. I_SPEY did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Must have one, must have one, must have one....

  15. guycalledfrank scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    Lots of people love this Malt...but for me its far too much wood inside! 37 years! In Japan!!!


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