Karuizawa 1979

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage - Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
35 years old
Ex-Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
France France
Added on
04 oct 2014 10:32 am by cavalier66
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6088.76

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1979

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.83 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A dram that takes time to reveal itself. And even so, I feel that he still has a lot to tell. But with a single centiliter ... It's really very, very complex. We are on a very dark and rustic style. This rubber tip prevents me from passing the 91. But I feel that with more ventilation ... we are not far from the killing.
    • Nose
      A winey nose full of rancio. A hint of sulfur. Rubber. Damn. A hint of smoke. We have cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee. Nuts and nuts. Dried fruits: figs, dates, apricots. Blackberries. A little pepper. Dust.
      At the opening the rubber disappears to give way to a light medicinal veil.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we find unfortunately this little touch of rubber and sulfur. Otherwise we are fond of chocolate and dried fruits. Black fruits. A good dose of leather too. Noble wood is pointing his nose. Light molasses.
    • Finish
      Final on the continuity of the mouth, on the dried fruits and the blackberry. The noble woody spring. Very long.

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  3. AKCaskStrenght scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    The best nose I ever had
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    great faultless sherry, very balanced wood influence

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    95 out of 100 points
    Yes, I`m in Heaven

    a whisky like an old masterpiece ___________________________________________________ I have 2 samples of this whisky

    Sample A from Japan by a Karuizawa lover
    Sample A was exchanged at a meeting and bottled directly from his bottle

    Sample B was bought at a whisky fair

    my notes are from sample A (from my Karuizawa colleague)
    parallel I had sample B in the glass to the keys


    Sample A is more intense and darker in color
    Sample A obviously has a higher alcohol content, is more intense and concentrated

    sample B is slightly lighter, significantly younger in nose and taste, has a very strong bourbon note in smell and taste, and is overall much weaker and different in the notes and has an alcohol note, even after a long time standing in the glass
    I do not recognize sample B as Karuizawa, so I did not write tasting notes for this sample

    I do not want to say more
    • Nose
      an old whisky, which is still very closed when poured
      Gradually, the typical Karuizawa notes unfold

      dusty earth, dried fruits, dried sherry remainders, smoky old wood, slightly tanine, light glue note in the background, sweet black currants (raisins),

      incredible compact smell
      old, dust, stuck, dehydrated, sweet, slightly smoky,
      ancient damp wood
      the sweet Rosinennote prevails again and again
      surrounded by a delicate glue note

      requires a lot of air to deploy
      like a dark, closed calyx
      only slowly and reluctantly does he open his petals
      is beautiful and beautiful
    • Taste
      soft fruity onset
      slightly smoky in the mouth
      old leather, wood and sulfur, smoke on the palate
      sweet dark fruit on the tongue
      nice aroma games

      Here, too, he wants to open reluctantly
      drunk slowly and tenderly
      he tells his old stories
      floral notes, with wood & leather, slightly ethereal, bergamot, dark fruit chocolate, coconut, tea leaves
    • Finish
      dusty smoky very soft and old
      Wood with old currants
      Tobacco, tea, fruit chocolate

      a long and gentle finish with beautiful aromas
      I love it

  6. scotch80 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95


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