Karuizawa 1980

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Golden Samurai
Sherry Cask
61.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015
Added on
11 Dec 2015 3:06 pm by DonPedro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6273.00

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30 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1980

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.89 points

  1. copinlondon scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    I know where to buy one if anyone is interested 
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      96 96

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    a Karuizawa that seems at first quite classic and yet so different

    yes, I was in heaven
    in the end it was Grandma's old cellar;)
    • Nose
      without movement
      the classic Karuizawa
      Dark, earth, old dried raisins
      dusty old wood, leather, cold smoke in the chimney

      he is so good right after pouring

      with movement, floral notes are added
      light citrus notes
      the sherry now clearer
      furniture polish
      dried fruits that are still slightly moist
      dusty old chocolate
      a splash of puke water

      in the background an exotic hint of etheric temple oils
      you should drink it now
    • Taste
      You have everything and immediately on your tongue
      Leather, small dark raisins, fruity old sherry, exotic spices
      they kindle a nice fire of emotions there
      dissolve in your sweet saliva
      caressing fruity smoky your mouth
      Your palate feels the old polished wood
      dusty chocolate that has become light over time
      he is calmer
      an aftertaste of temple smells
    • Finish

      You are sitting in an old Japanese temple complex
      the ground is tamped, the smell is dull and earthy
      the old wood creaks
      gong - then clap your hands - the gods must be awakened -
      You taste dry and a bit bitter the wood
      Money strums
      a strange aftertaste
      like the old dried peel of apples
      Bitterniss with dried fruits
      a woman with sacrificial bowls moves silently past
      Exotic stranger temple oils stick to your palate
      the old dusty earth smells musty
      as if the centuries were stored in it
      and then you have to think about the old cellar of your grandmother
      the ancient wrinkled apples down there
      You're smiling
      why did you have to bite in there ...

  3. Marcallan38yo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This bottle was sold 3050€ on The Whisky Auction Society(WAS) in March 2017.

  4. Sinbad50 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I read on an auction site associated with TWE that there are just 100 bottles of the Golden Samurai.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: When does this happen - two Karuizawa’s side by side? This, followed by the 1981 Noh cask #4676 WB. At time of writing, i’ve no idea what strength this is given TWE haven’t given much info on this, yet to be released whisky - but it smells huge, The ash profile is immediately clear before the huge body is revealed -  thick, sherried maltiness coupled with flavoursome & characterful, toasted, nutty wood. Huge amounts of chocolate there too and peanuts for sure. Theres a quiet but clear, spirity chemical note thats turning more hammy as it opens up, [a little Lowlands shape there?]. Then theres the herbs, fresh & dried, ginseng, angostura bitters, a little treacle-tar, some fresher notes of shallots, sweet ginger, soy sauce,….
    T: Boom, that’s wood-thick, dark & rich and fully sherried with vanilla varnish and more resins flooding through. A touch bitter and fresh but its mainly sweet, chewy malt that reigns. Theres a jostling here, some muddling.
    F: Thick, varnished, vanilla malt and ooh yes - [Meridian] natural yeast extract and fusty walnuts with ham & truffle shavings. That’s a long unravel.

    C: Apparently [according to whiskynotes.de] its a single cask bottling, which makes it all that rarer - and hence £2000 rrp?

    Scores a A- [90]


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