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Karuizawa 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.03/100
votes
64
Whiskybase ID
WB8000
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 4:53 am

Average value

€ 2288.08

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

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. AAA scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Schwark scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. Peter87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Largiemeanoch did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  7. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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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