Karuizawa 1992

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Whisky Magazine - Editor's Choice
Stated Age
15 years old
American White Oak Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 mar 2009 3:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2978.44

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1992

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.86 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely great barrel, has more of a Mizunara than sherry barrel, very elegant representative in the notes despite 60%, it just lacks a little complexity and maybe. a little more balance for more.
    • Nose
      Great, also develops top in the glass with as much%, tolerates air well, like a perfectly aged, 30-35y Brut de Fut cognac, vineyard peach, blossom honey, macadamia nuts, almond tart, coconut, liquorice, perfectly polished cedar wood, Tick pear, lychee, Banana chips, fresh chamomile and sage, toffee, rose water
    • Taste
      Apricot jellies, vineyard peaches, blossom honey, marzipan cake, coconut, white chocolate, elegant, polished oak, a hint of rosemary and fennel, litchi, honey, net melon, grapes, pear jellies, almonds, sage tea, chamomile
    • Finish
      Sage, beautiful eucalyptus, chamomile, melon, pear, oak, medium length

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Why not a Karuizawa head-to-head?  I am in the mood to do a 1984 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/36383/karuizawa-1984 versus this 15-year old from 1992 selected by the Whisky Magazine.Colour:  The 1984 is auburn and the 1992 is one shade paler at russetmuscat.  The texture of the 1992 shows just a sticky fat ring at the top of the glass that very very late form some sticky tears (no legs at all).  Now this is what I call a fat and oily malt.  The 1984 does basically the same so both promise a great mouthfeel.Nose:  The 1992 nose is very punchy (60,4% abv) first and after you adopted to this a subtle, complex and clean old-style sherry profile shines through, really adorable.  The nose of the 1984 is bolder and even more complex, I like it much more (especially the leathery aspects). Mouthfeel:  The 1992 arrives quite hot on the palate and coats the mouth nicely (just as the texture promised).  No bitter or adstringent moments.  The 1984 is even more coating and owns some slight bitter notes from heavy tannins (that are not unpleasant to me).  Again I like the 1984 better.Taste:  The 1984 offers a rich and multi-layered taste that in some aspects reminds me of a delicious old rum (e.g., from Caroni).  The 1992's taste is lighter and hidden behind the high alcohols, it really cries for water so I added some.  Now it gets smoother and more accessible but still it is rather shy and not what I would call a great dram.  Even more water does not help it just flattens the dram.  This round wins the 1984 with an advantage of 4 to 5 points.Finish:  The 1992 is rather short on this dimension and again very shy in its flavours and aromas (even when reduced with water).  Contrary to this the 1984 has a rich and long finish that nicely vanishes in different waves.  Again a big advantage for the older one with several points. Water opens the 1984 even further and adds some new aromas to the anyway complex profile while the 1992 does not really improve on water besides that it gets smoother. A surprising result:  While the 1984 kept the usually high expectations on a Karuizawa release the 1992 is average best (the nose is above but taste and finish are below average in my opinion).  Both are hopelessly overpriced - to give a hint:  As a drinker I am willing to pay around 200 to 250 Euros for the 1984 and not more than 50 to 70 Euro for the 1992.  Sounds crazy?  Think about who is crazy - me or the market?  To be honest, I do not care...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. numen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Leather, shoe polish, fudge, and a slightly oxidized note. Some
      chocolate and malt. Hints of banana nut bread, walnuts, and mushrooms.
      It's another very good showing, even if not exceptional. Maybe even some
      apples and pears come up in the rear.
    • Taste
      Thick and rather oak-forward. Initially sweet, followed by an acidic
      bitterness from wood. Drying. Sharp cedar and extracted syrup from wood.
      Espresso grinds and chocolate. Bananas foster, glue, and some varnish.
      It's really a bit out of balance here and just doesn't do it for me.
    • Finish
      Sweet, dry, bitter, and sappy. It's good, and finishes better than it
      started on the palate, but it was all over the place and has a few rough

  4. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      dried fruits / prunes, wet tobacco, cardamom, meaty, some old/dry oak,  black pepper, dark chocolate, malty (molasse)/malt syrup. (89)
      Later: turning sweeter and a tad less multi-dimensional, less dried fruits more towards zitronat/succade, milk chocolate. (87)
    • Taste
      quite tannic, lots of oak & spices, equal amount of dark dried fruits, a tad metallic/iron, grape syrup. (88)
    • Finish
      tannins fade out, more oak spices, sweet sherry with some chocolate & sweet dried fruits, malty, berocca, coca cola herbalness. (87)

  5. Lafroy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92


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