Karuizawa 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Number One Drinks Company
Stated Age
36 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
65.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Mar 2009 10:51 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7572.86

18 × in wishlist

110 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1972

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.84 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A superb Karuizawa powerful and can be harder to tame than others.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A huge winey nose, with a nice dose of rancio.
      We have brown sugar, old rum.
      Then a nice dose of wood, old but powerful.
      And lots of fruit, with mango, passion fruit, plum, date, light wild strawberry.
      Pepper, light smoke. Camphor.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is very powerful and oily.
      Orange, zest and fresh, pepper, milk chocolate, toffee, leather.
      Pineapple, mango, papaya.
      The wood is still present with some smoke.
      Clove, light licorice.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish on pepper, wood, dark chocolate and cherry coulis. Mint, smoke: a nice freshness.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Yes, there is a lot of oak in there but I think it is nicely compensated with this fruity sweetness so that it does not really hurt. Of course adding water is recommended. For me this is a great whisky!
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, complex, honey, fruity, dried fruits, apricots, citrus fruits, oranges, passion fruit, mango, littel woody and little vanilla - Superb!

      With water more vanilla and more fruitiness
    • Taste
      Punchy, powerful, peppery, but also very oily, creamy, smooth, fruity sweetness balanced with oaky wood notes - Very good!

      With water smoother and more aromas
    • Finish
      Long and burning, still peppery, zesty and oak ybitter but also still this nice fruity sweetness

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    very fruity with even some hints of tropical fruits, spices, white pepper, toffee, really nice

  4. kimmosuo scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 3.461 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015and for 3.500 € in May 2015

  7. Largiemeanoch did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Can't see the point in offering such an unbalanced oaky profile. It is whisky we want to enjoy, not a wood infusion.
    • Nose
      Spirity. Waves of liquorice. Freshly squeezed oak juice? Hint of candied chestnut purée.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet. Very oaky. Spicy. A touch of coffee toffee. But alcohol harshness makes the tastebuds incomfortable. And water releases more bitterness.
    • Finish
      Dry, bitter, oaky.

  8. whioli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Willie JJ scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Magnificent stuff again from this distillery. Not as good as the 1971 cask from last year, but still great stuff.
    • Nose
      Acetone, solvent, peat, lavender, demerara sugar, tannin, barley sugar. Very estery.
    • Taste
      Wildly estery, sweet, floral, more lavender.
    • Finish
      The high alcohol content stings, then sings on the palate before drying. No sign of age.

  10. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This whisky are very complex. And some water is needed.
    • Nose
      Strong nose, very powerful. Chocolate, tobacco and leather. And a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      Oaky flavors. Fruity notes, lemon.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Oak and a spicy flavors.


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