Karuizawa 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
17 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Jul 2009 3:33 pm

Average value

€ 1438.97

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140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Karuizawa 17-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.42 points

  1. Vince scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Found old bottle in Bangkok bar. Good but not spectacular.

  2. Largiemeanoch did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  3. numen scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  4. Niels V did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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.

  5. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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


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