Monday, 9 March 2015

Karuizawa 28 yo 1984/2012 Cask #4021

Karuizawa 28 yo 1984/2012 Cask #4021

Official bottling
Single grain - West Honshu
Dark rose
64.5% ABV

Nose: Leather, dried apricots, dried strawberries, peaches, peanuts, candied oranges, hints of smoke. With water, candied ginger, candied ginseng, hints of peat.
Mouthfeel: Light body, expands, airy, slightly fizzy.
Tasting: Bitter salty. Peanuts, leather, dried apricots, candied oranges, green peas, hints of honey. With water, more bitter, slightly sweet, candied ginger, cola nuts, red grapes.
Finish: Medium. Leather, leaf mulch, peaches, photocopy paper, honey.


This whisky needs time. It's a sherry cask, but doesn't really taste sherried. Instead, it's peaty, earthy and savoury, with lots of dried fruit warring with light sweetness, peanuts and leather. Left on its own, with just a smidgen of water, it opens up into spicy, nutty territory with just a hint of sherry. Unusual, but very good.


I like this a lot.

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