Karuizawa 1965

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
50 years old
Ex-Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
62.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
60th Anniversary of La Maison du Whisky
Added on
25 Sep 2016 3:52 pm by laurensl
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57293.61

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Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 1965

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.26 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to tell it’s a karuizawa in a blind tasting but very nice toasted notes and delicious complexity from a great bourbon barrel

  2. adipop2010 scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    Close to perfection!

  3. _ToMcIo_007 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Do you really need the price? It’s more or less the price of a Toyota
    Aygo. Yes that’s a car. Colour: amber. Nose: less closed than when I
    first tried it with Dave. We had thought it was ‘the slowest whisky in
    the East’! Navigates around marzipan-filled and ham-rolled prunes,
    camphory pipe tobacco, sultanas, sandalwood, some very sappy pinewood,
    and oriental pastries, baklava, orange blossom water, pistachio nougat… I
    have to say I’m finding this nose quite sublime. Here we go again! With
    water:  it doesn’t change much, but it was already quite perfect when
    unreduced. Mentholy raisins, date eau-de-vie, dried pears… Mouth (neat):
    starts a bit on damson plums, zwetschke pudding, propolis, black
    raisins, more prunes… It’s not easy to detect an ex-bourbon cask, this
    could as well have been a sherry cask if you ask me. Very mentholy
    background, with all oils and molecules ending with –ol, and something
    empyreumatic, as they say in wine when they want (hope) to sound smart.
    With water: water brings out the tannicity, as always, and makes the
    whole much drier, but we remain below the limits, which is a little
    miraculous. Assam tea, bitter liquorice… Finish: very long, and here
    come our friends the citrus fruits, which really ‘lift it’.
    Astonishingly fresh, with some kumquats, and more liquorice in the
    aftertaste. Comments: pretty exceptional, as expected. The sherried
    Karuizawas are maybe a little more renowned, but this bourbon is truly
    great, you just need to give time and to let it breathe. As far as the
    Toyota Aygo’s concerned, that’s without any options I’m afraid. And with
    the smallest engine. SGP:661 - 94 points.Whiskyfun.com


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