Karuizawa 1980

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Artifices Serie
Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
63.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
France France
Added on
04 oct 2014 10:36 am by cavalier66
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6613.07

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1980

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.54 points.

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    an old well matured Bourbon Karu, harmonious from nose to finish it lacks the typical variety of aromas of old Karus I feel he has lost something good and tasty - but too long in the barrel
    91 out of 100 points - mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      Soft-boiled dried fruit with a sour note, soft old cognac notes, tanned leather, raisins in leather polish, old and dusty,
    • Taste
      he is old but strong in his approach, has dusty weak bourbon notes, raisins, leather, dried fruits intense on the tongue chocolate with some green pepper and caramel then loses strength in the mouth, gains in aroma
    • Finish
      medium Drum notes with baked apple juice and soft wood scent

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  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One more example. Sublime.
    • Nose
      What a nose once again.
      One can on a typical karuizawa profile.
      Big noble wood, good waxed leather.
      The red and dry fruits explode. Currant, plum, walnut, hazelnut.
      Under wood, musk. Earthy. Chocolatey.
      Camphor. It's getting cooler with aeration.
      We do not feel the 63% at all. It is clearly very complex.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we are on liquorice fruit.
      To read it, currant, exotic, strawberry. It is superb.
      Balanced perfect.
      Chocolate wood, coffee.
      Black pepper.
      Under wood.
    • Finish
      In the final, it's interminable, round, on red fruit, spices, wood.

  4. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      full, dense and very aromatic; ripe papaya and flambé sweet mango; one feels the Bourbon influence; sweet; no trace of alcoholic; exotic; dates; complex, slightly sweetish smoke; sweet cantaloupe melon; Sugarcane / rum notes; with water still light wood notes are added
    • Taste
      start sweet then strong; again lots of exotic fruits and sweet wood, as well as a nice, slightly aromatic smoky note
    • Finish
      hot; Fruit notes fade away; some sweetish wood remains; medium

  5. magic_slim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Burns everything down and definitely needs water. Straight the nose has quite some solvent and nail polish remover. Summarising I must say that this is excellent whisky, although I definitely had better ones from Karuizawa.
    • Nose
      Wow, what a lovely nose. Sweet with the aroma of tropical fruits (overripe pineapple) and exotic woods. Some notes of solvents, nail polish remover, molasses and sugarcane are present as well. Sweet porridge with cinnamon, cream and honey. Molasses and sugarcane are the dominating aromas. I love it.
    • Taste
      Ouch! Powerful, hot and bold. The 63% do their work. After some recovery time I get the taste of cinnamon, lemon zest and menthol. Although I hardly ever use water, this whisky appears to cry for it. Ahhh, much better now. Sweet with notes of exotic woods again. Now there are tons of liquorice. An experience to taste.
    • Finish
      Very long and powerful like a fire from deep inside.

  6. nigel_tufnel did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Scored 88 points at the Malt Maniac Awards 2014 and won a silver medal.

    Was also rewarded with the Best Natural Cask Award (Ultra Premium)

  7. djork scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90


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