KARUIZAWA 1981 / 2007 CASK 103

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$4,800.00
  • Country: Japan
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Cask: 103
  • ABV: 58.1%

  

    A bottling of Cask No. 103 from the tiny Karuizawa distillery, which uses small stills, wooden washbacks and sherry casks to produce a quality malt. This is the oldest expression we have seen so far from this distillery and has been extremely popular. One of only 10 Gold Medal-winners at the Malt Maniac's Awards 2007.

    Karuizawa 'Vintage' 1981/2007 (58.1%, OB, cask #103)  This one was selected by Marcin at One Drinks Company and it did extremely well at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2007, with a Gold Medal and the Top Japanese Malt Award. Colour: amber. Nose: truly powerful, starting on an immense, but truly enjoyable woodiness. Big varnishy notes, almonds and marzipan, green tea and hints of horseradish (or wasabi – Japanese indeed). Then it’s the wilderness that speaks out, with notes of humus, moss, pine needles, roots, wet dead leaves... And finally a big mint and a big eucalyptus. Oh, and our beloved dried mushrooms. It’s not really subtle whisky but the boldness and compactness are very, very enjoyable. With water: now it’s fully on dried mushrooms (boletus and these huge black Chinese ones) and Havana tobacco. Hyper-concentrated. Mouth (neat): huge, fat, punchy, heavily concentrated. ‘Good’ oak infusion, walnut skin, curry, mustard and bread crust. Goes on with cough syrup and green bananas. It’s amazing that all this oakiness remains good – I mean, excellent. With water: it’s the spices that really go out now. Pepper first, then cloves and cinnamon, then nutmeg... How big this is! Finish: very long – more of the same. One of the most muscular whiskies I had these months, no doubt. SGP:586 - 91 points.
       

    • Country: Japan
    • Volume: 700ml
    • Cask: 103
    • ABV: 58.1%

      

      A bottling of Cask No. 103 from the tiny Karuizawa distillery, which uses small stills, wooden washbacks and sherry casks to produce a quality malt. This is the oldest expression we have seen so far from this distillery and has been extremely popular. One of only 10 Gold Medal-winners at the Malt Maniac's Awards 2007.

      Karuizawa 'Vintage' 1981/2007 (58.1%, OB, cask #103)  This one was selected by Marcin at One Drinks Company and it did extremely well at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2007, with a Gold Medal and the Top Japanese Malt Award. Colour: amber. Nose: truly powerful, starting on an immense, but truly enjoyable woodiness. Big varnishy notes, almonds and marzipan, green tea and hints of horseradish (or wasabi – Japanese indeed). Then it’s the wilderness that speaks out, with notes of humus, moss, pine needles, roots, wet dead leaves... And finally a big mint and a big eucalyptus. Oh, and our beloved dried mushrooms. It’s not really subtle whisky but the boldness and compactness are very, very enjoyable. With water: now it’s fully on dried mushrooms (boletus and these huge black Chinese ones) and Havana tobacco. Hyper-concentrated. Mouth (neat): huge, fat, punchy, heavily concentrated. ‘Good’ oak infusion, walnut skin, curry, mustard and bread crust. Goes on with cough syrup and green bananas. It’s amazing that all this oakiness remains good – I mean, excellent. With water: it’s the spices that really go out now. Pepper first, then cloves and cinnamon, then nutmeg... How big this is! Finish: very long – more of the same. One of the most muscular whiskies I had these months, no doubt. SGP:586 - 91 points.
         

       

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