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Karuizawa 15-year-old

Overall rating 48 votes 84.67
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4973480218356
Added on
09 May 2009 4:33 am

Average value

€ 990,00

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: € 800,00

Buy in Market

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 21

Tastingtags

6 Notes

AAA
Expert Senior AAA Review note
17 Mar 2017 12:33 am
AAA gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
87
Initial taste
84
Body
85
Finish
86
Price
88
Presentation
85
Schwark
Expert Junior Schwark Note
25 Oct 2015 2:46 pm
Schwark gave this whisky 82 points

I've bought a bottle some years ago... 125€...

and I found it was too expensive for the (poor) quality of this whisky.

Don't be fooled by the name Karuizawa : when you give 800€ for a bottle of this 15 years Karuizawa, be aware you will taste a 50-60 € whisky...

Indeed, for 50 €, you can find (for example) a Bowmore Darkest that will taste just as good (or bad :-)) ) as this Karuizawa

Peter(TTMC)
Expert Senior Peter(TTMC) Review note
06 Oct 2015 3:58 pm
Peter(TTMC) gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86.4
Nose
85
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
84
Presentation
88
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Largiemeanoch
Member Senior Largiemeanoch Tasting note
24 Dec 2014 5:27 pm
Color
Old oak
Nose

Grassy and fruity. Butterscotch. Shortbread. Beeswax. Water chestnut. Quire rich. Sour apple.

Taste

Sweet and syrupy but slightly prickly. As if spirit and sugar were dislocated.

Finish

Quire short and evolving on bitter notes. As if you were chewing some grass stalk.

Comments

I would have enjoyed the whisky more if I had stuck to nosing.

Lehman Brothers
st7
Connoisseur st7 Note
13 Dec 2014 5:28 pm

In 1956 Karuizawa was founded, unbelievably the distillery was actually a vineyard! The aim was to create premium whisky, which according to the fans fo this distillery is did. But sadly some things come to an end, and Karuizawa's fate was sealed when production was stopped in 2000.

After much negotiating, the remaining stocks were bought by Number One Drinks Company. These releases are now probably more well known than those of the original owners - Mercian Wine Company. This bottles is one of those bottlings. The whisky inside this gorgeous bottle are as old as 31 years old and some as young as 15 years old. And not only that but they have also used both peated and unpeated whisky for this release. Not something you see everyday.

Slainte Mhath - Soren, MWLSignature Picture
Erik Elixer
Connoisseur Erik Elixer Note
19 Jun 2012 9:17 pm
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 86 points

N: floral, syrup, orange, butterscotch and a bit sharp
T: sourish/bitter, lots of wood, earth, very spicy, grains and some wood smoke
F: walnuts, spicy - a medium finish, later floral and again nuts

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