Karuizawa 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 dec 2008 9:18 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3480.33

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71 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1988

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.27 points.

  1. zerttbone scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom
    Deep and mature yet with sufficient freshness to give it lift. Humus and fresh fennel. Quite restrained yet funky.
    Good feel. Creamy, sweet and quite hot with a deep, solid centre. Light tannins. Powerful with real depth. Blossoms on the back palate.
    Rich and fruity.
    Does that paradoxical and very Japanese thing of being able to have real lift while going deep at the same time.

  2. zerttbone scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nose: reminds me of dead treas covered with moss. Oaky but in a rather un-fresh way, I love that! Rather bourbonny in that sense. Sherried fruitiness as well (raspberry, spicy apple cake), very mature nose.

    Mouth: quite hot without water. Meaty sherry. Ginger, apple cake again, a bit of cinnamon. Maltier and sweeter towards the end.

    Finish: medium length, spicy (cloves) and dry.

    Interesting how the Japanese know how to pick some of the best sherry casks. The nose would make you think it’s a bit older, but then it shows the powerful freshness on the palate. Very good.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Fresh and powerful
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh oranges, Cointreau, some xmas spice, little cinnamon, also hints of dried fruits, dates, spices, little citric, whiffs of oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, spices, fruity, oak wood, little herbal
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, burning, spicy, a tad bitter

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A spicy cognac nose with quite some tannins on the palate maybe a bit metallic, very drinkable

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  6. djork scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Quaker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A malt that requires time and attention to be fully appreciated and that provides long moments of pleasure.
    • Nose
      Powerful without being too alcoholic. Dominated by woody scents, we are on notes of wet undergrowth. Mainly earthy and woody, we also find there (sherry casks) winey aspects: cognac, overripe fruit. This malt requires a long aeration time before revealing itself fully. After about half an hour, softer notes of fruit reach our nostrils.
    • Taste
      Very powerful dry, it is necessary to add a few drops of water to better appreciate it. We then find the woody flavors accompanied by spices (ginger, cardamom).
    • Finish
      Medium to long on dry wood and spices.


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