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Karuizawa 17-year-old

Overall rating
82.94/100
votes
54
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Jul 2009 3:33 pm

Average value

€ 1942,05

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Nose
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Finish
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Tastingtags

4 Notes

Largiemeanoch
Member Senior Largiemeanoch Tasting note
24 Dec 2014 5:09 pm
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Weighty with almost carbonised notes (roasted nut/burnt almond), cooking chocolate, leather, fruit cake, spice and some smoke (turf/moss).

Taste

Soft, ripe and fruity with that burnt edge. Malaga. Soft, rounded and slightly dry. Good balance.

Finish

Dry with a nodule of sweetness. Good length and power.

Comments

Well-made and best neat, when that rich spirit comes through.

Lehman Brothers
numen
Expert Senior numen Tasting note
08 Jun 2014 10:52 pm
numen gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Nose: Malty and lightly sherried (though obviously so). A little leather and cocoa/coffee. Touch of salt and red fruit. Cherries/strawberries. Lightly oxidized sherry quality; it's just very light. Straightforward and pleasant.

Taste

Palate: Water and a bit flat. It's silky and creamy. Sweet melon and light sweetness. It turns to more varnish and bitter wood, even as the fruit remains.

Finish

Finish: Same as the palate, and a bit of a pleasant "off" bitter element. It's easy to drink, but unexceptional for a sherried brew (esp. for this age) and the bigger Karuizawa.

Comments
Niels V
Member Junior Niels V Note
29 Aug 2012 9:23 pm

Rather bland Karuizawa. Nothing like the good single casks out there.
For me this one lacked any thing that makes it worth noticing.
I drank most of it in Hi-Balls.

Ik ben GEEN whisky expert. Dank u.
CrilleVBG
Expert Senior CrilleVBG Tasting note
31 Aug 2010 9:35 pm
CrilleVBG gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Nice oaky/leathery aromas. Maybe needs more little more strength.

Taste

The taste is all about wood/oak flavors, and maybe a hint of peat in the background.

Finish

Medium long finish, barley flavors.

Comments

Another "oaky" flavored whisky from japan. Good standard whisky in my books. Needs more power and strength in the flavors.

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