- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- Sherry Cask
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 09 May 2009 4:53 am
11 × in wishlist
64 × member ratings
105 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 15-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.03 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
- I would have enjoyed the whisky more if I had stuck to nosing.
Grassy and fruity. Butterscotch. Shortbread. Beeswax. Water chestnut. Quire rich. Sour apple.
Sweet and syrupy but slightly prickly. As if spirit and sugar were dislocated.
Quire short and evolving on bitter notes. As if you were chewing some grass stalk.
- 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.
- 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