Karuizawa 1999/2000

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
European Oak Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 sep 2016 5:12 pm

Average value

€ 3979.06

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Whisky reviews for Karuizawa 1999/2000

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.14 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Let's forget the current price of this bottle and consider this Asama for what it is. A really nice and enjoyable whisky.
    • Nose
      Dry sherry, spices, dried fruits, underwood.
    • Taste
      Round. Fudge and spices. Sweet.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fudge and dried fruits again, some oranges too.

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  3. kofima scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. JNuyts scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      74 74

  5. Dorain scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Not a whisky that you would like to have twice in a glass.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK, but certainly not my favorite
    • Nose
      87 87
      Candied fruits, cherry, raisins, little nutty, walnuts, spices, pepper, sherry wood
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, creamy, little sweetness, leathery, old wood, spicy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, mory spicy, woody

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nutty spicy dark fruits a bit of sulphur, not bad

  8. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Japan's iconic equivalent to the likes of Brora, Rosebank and Port Ellen is the 2001 closed Karuizawa distillery. Bottled in 2012, Asama is a vatting of the final vintages. Heavy sherry aroma, cedarwood and hints of curcuma inebriate the nose, enriched by complex notes of dried fruits, gunpowder and strawberries. At first sipping, spicy and tangy flavors overwhelm the palate before Mon Chéri, walnuts and fruity sourness start to emerge. The finish is lingering, peppery and semidry. A great young Single Malt that makes your fat wallet a lot thinner!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Lorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty (if you like it sulphurous), but not more. 86 points.
    • Nose
      Sulfurous sweetness. Trendy cherry. Aloe vera. Dark chocolate. Something dirty hay.
    • Taste
      Full, sparkling. Immediately the musty, leathery cherry is there. Full chocolate. Some oak.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, sticky. Slightly sulphurous.

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose a mixture of fruits and especially of caramel quickly dominated by persistent notes of sulfur. In the mouth, very fluid but also very sulfurous. The finish is reminiscent of pepper and red fruits. Great drought. The addition of water makes the mouth softer and sweet. If I had known that my first Karuizawa would look like a sub-copy of Uberach ...! # Trolling1000%
    Enthusiasm 2/5

  11. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Thanks to Healthy Good for the sample.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    At the release price of €60 I would have bought a couple and enjoyed them, but at €600 this has become another collector novelty.
    • Nose
      First nosing right after pouring is sweet and heavy with sherry.

      But it doesn't take long before it turns more deep and musky on dried dark fruits.

      Quite some spice, light wood, and sticking the nose really into the glass there is definately burnt gunpowder smoke.
    • Taste
      Spice dominate on arrival.

      Black cherries with a little bitterness.

      Dark chocolate with some nuts and a twist of liqorice.
    • Finish
      Good medium lenght.

      Feels like it is about to turn dry, but it never really does.

      Quite bold finish, with the darkest flavours sticking the longest.

  13. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  14. vredensever scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma : malt, hot fruit jam, dried fruits, creamy fondant, milk chocolate, herbaceous notes with sourness, spices.   The taste is sweet: malt, pepper, chocolates, candies, dried fruits, wine sour cream and berry bitterness. Delicious. The aftertaste is long: dried fruits, tobacco, strong tea, astringent oak, bitterness. Conclusion . Very attractive whisky. Cheerful, bright, tasty, complex. Rating: 87 (n22t22f21b22).

  15. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The finish is the only thing that could not keep up due to the age, otherwise it was a brilliant first karu experience, the grading here I can not really understand (or some notes in itself)
    • Nose
      Dates, pure great, deep Sherrynose without being antique (for sure too young), raisins everywhere, already slightly churned cherries, raspberry compote, musty oak despite the age, rubber tires, but positive, walnut
    • Taste
      Bittereiche (but yummy), very own, raisin syrup, dark Plaumenmuß, dark Burgundy wine, apple peel, toffee, oregano and thyme, very full and sherrylastig
    • Finish
      Unfortunately, not too long but delicious, oak, herbs such as thyme continue in the throat, cherry pits and red grapes

  16. maltsabine scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose heavy stewed fruit, light tannins, vanilla. Pleasant fruity mouth full and round. Final bitter. Way. Q / p totally delusional.

  18. nicolas94 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    If one is honest in ignoring the name Karuizawa noted on the label, this whisky is a dry sherry, marked by wood, and with a lot of bitterness in the end. The price of 60 € was consistent, does not deserve to spend more. 80/100

  19. numen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    from purchased sample:

    Nose: Fudge, and maybe a little chocolate
    and toffee, and kirsch. A little wood and something like a damp green
    forest. Vinuous, though somewhat earthy and savory - not the
    sulphur/salted meats. Surprisingly dark and rich for a whisky this
    young. Rather malty.

    Palate: Really nice texture and thickness.
    Brown sugar stew and honey, which give way to more fudge with flecks of
    chocolate. Wood, ginger, mellow orange zest are secondary. Bitter and
    sour, turning into something very nice, topped off with some herbs and

    Finish: This is really something. Fudgy, a little
    extracted fruit. This is not a powerhouse Karuizawa, but it's really
    just very well composed and very solid.

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good but nothing more. Very nice nose.
    • Nose
      Caramel, lots of wood, dried fruits, and especially fresh nuts. A little honey, dates. A little sweet. Very nice nose.
    • Taste
      The nose was more promising. It is a dry and simple sherry: sugar, wood, dried fruit (almond) a little bitterness. Virtually no creaminess, it is austere.
    • Finish
      Medium, on wood, vanilla, dried fruits. always bitterness.

  22. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: floral, hay, marzipan, caramel, liquorice and orange
    T: syrup, nuts, white pepper and honey
    F: walnuts, drying, bitter and liquorice
    HWF VBT-3 sample 6 tasted with Aby
    my guess a Highland Park I.B. 43%

  23. Niels V scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    This bottle, while not really bad, reaches an OK in my tasting set and will probably remain opened for a long time. It's an excellent whisky to pour for friends who come by and say: Ey, I heard you have some of that Jap whisky. Can I have some?

    My tasting set hi to low:
    Awesome (Need more of this, now!)
    Good (May buy again)
    Nice (Would be nice to get as gift)
    OK (Would drink it)
    Poor (Great with Coke or IRN-BRU)
    Crap (A waste of good Cola)
    • Nose
      Tar, oak, burnt rubber, typical sherry tones.
      Kinda like the 12yo Akashi. Doesn't really deliver on the Smack in your face awesome Karuizawa's but better then their less then stellar 12 and 14 OB's.
    • Taste
      Too much sherry, too much oak. Not that great, but not total crap either. An average typical sherry whisky. But one of those heavy sherry ones that in the end just tastes of sherry and tar.
    • Finish
      Quite short and more sherry. Has this been married by someone from Yamazaki?

  24. Furtia scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. cohiba59 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Finally a financial opening has a brand become the luxury of Japanese whisky. The youngest (11 years old) does not lack arrogance to tease the oldest A very good experience of Japanese whisky

  26. Malt Hans scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Malty and fruity aroma, green olives,

    eucalyptus, plums, pear, red apples and wet hay. Marzipan sweet taste,

    ginger, mint, orange, pear, walnuts and malt.

  27. lalie003 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The new "Asama" 11-year old Karuizawa expression has just been released

    in Sweden and is available at Systembolaget. It is a vatting of casks

    from the last two vintages (i.e. 1999 and 2000), but unlike the TIBS

    bottlings - vattings of the same vintages - it`s bottled at 46% abv,

    i.e. not at cask-strength. It`s priced at SEK649 (which is a little over

    7,000 yen), extraordinarily and uncharacteristically reasonable. The

    TIBS vattings were far from spectacular, and that`s putting it mildly.

    It would be interesting to hear from whisky enthusiast in Sweden what

    they think of the new "Asama". Number One Drinks got a large number of

    casks from the last two vintages when they bought the entire remaining

    inventory. Here`s hoping "Asama" is not just an attempt to get rid of

    some not-so-desirable casks, but that it`s actually a well-composed

    vatting. The jury is out...

    Source: http://nonjatta.blogspot.jp/2012/06/karuizawa-11yo-asama.html


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