- 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
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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
- Found old bottle in Bangkok bar. Good but not spectacular.
- Well-made and best neat, when that rich spirit comes through.
Weighty with almost carbonised notes (roasted nut/burnt almond), cooking chocolate, leather, fruit cake, spice and some smoke (turf/moss).
Soft, ripe and fruity with that burnt edge. Malaga. Soft, rounded and slightly dry. Good balance.
Dry with a nodule of sweetness. Good length and power.
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
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
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.
- 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.
- Another "oaky" flavored whisky from japan. Good standard whisky in my books. Needs more power and strength in the flavors.
Nice oaky/leathery aromas. Maybe needs more little more strength.
The taste is all about wood/oak flavors, and maybe a hint of peat in the background.
Medium long finish, barley flavors.