Overall rating
Single Malt
The Whisky Fair (WF)
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Dec 2008 2:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2735.67

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56 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1988 WF

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    Pretty powerful
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh fruits, apples, grapes, quinces, little resinous, spices, also some green fruits, little herbal
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very punchy, oily, yellow fruits, malty, dry hay, honeydew, little herbal, ginger, spices
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, burning, spicy, chili

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

    19 yo 1988/2007 (58.3%, The Whisky
    Fair, refill sherry, 480 bottles)
    Colour: straw. Nose:
    punchy but much less marked by the
    cask this time. Much fruitier as well
    (tinned pineapples), with notes of
    ginger and spearmint as well as a
    little lemon juice. Whiffs of linseed
    oil and cut cider apples. Starts to
    ‘sauvignonise’ after a
    moment. Excellent zing. With water:
    not much change here, were’s
    till on dry white wine, lemons and
    pineapples. Mouth (neat): punchy but
    sweet and fruity again. Pear and lemon
    drops, pineapple jell-O, strawberries,
    vanilla fudge, a little ginger again,
    bergamots, chamomile tea, hints of
    mocha... With water: gets more complex,
    with quite some grapefruit, ginger,
    cinchona, vanilla fudge, lemon pie...
    And then even more ginger. Quite amazing
    how gingery this one is. Finish: long,
    candied, lemony and gingery. Very
    good again, even if it hasn’t
    really got its siblings’ pretty
    immense stature. SGP:553 –
    87 points.


  3. numen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Rather malty and on traces of peat and more subtle hints of sherry. Lots
      of white wine. Lightly chalky chardonnay. The sherry is so faint that,
      as Ferris Buehler would say, if you blink, it'll probably pass you by.
      Vaguely red fruit (strawberries?) emerge with time. Ginger, salt, fresh
      oak, and vines in a forest. As the fruit emerges, the peat/smoke
      subsides. (with water) Water flattens this out a little, leaving it much
      more in the simply malty sweet and generic fruity, light Lowland stuff.
    • Taste
      Bigger and more dynamic. Honey and sweet cereal and malt, giving way to
      the peatiness and inchoate sulfur notes (never rises to gunpowder, or
      even blast-caps). Oak comes out a bit flat and bitter at the mid-palate.
      It nearly goes sour. Flower, watermelon, underripe canteloupe, and a
      few red notes along with the vinuous white wines. (with water) Calms out
      the bitterness, and highlights more the cereal sweetness and white wine
      with ginger. Just a shadow of the other qualities.
    • Finish
      Very much the continuation of the rest of it. At first, without the
      fruit, I was reminded of a watered down Port Ellen, and then it seemed
      more a hybrid of Imperial and Bladnoch. Very nice and pleasant enough,
      but nothing special or noteworthy.

  4. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cask shared with Whiskysite.nl


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