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Karuizawa 29yo 1983/2012

(62.1%, OB for LMDW, bourbon cask, C#8597, 282 Bts.)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeJapanese Whiskies
Bottler Official Bottling
Bottled ForLMDW
Brand NameKaruizawa
Year Distilled1983
Year Bottled2012
Alcohol By Volume62.1%
Other Detailsbourbon cask
Cask Number#8597
Bottles282
Issued2012
Average Score89


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson87
Konstantin Grigoriadis87
Ho-cheng Yao86
Krishna Nukala90
David Wankel90
Keith Wood92


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonSome spices, but difficult to get a grip on. Big fat buttery bourbony vanilla. Big mouth-coating vanilla, peppery and spicy (cloves). Smoke. Nice one.
Krishna NukalaRich heavy nose. Lots of complexities. Some heather and flowers.Some old classical nose. Restrained peat and smoke.Very sweet and spicy. Little dry and hot. Spicy and lava like talisker. Brilliant whisky. Blind tasted MMA 2012
Keith WoodThis edition of Karuizawa comes from LMDW's "Cocktail Series" and I have to ask "Do people really want to use this in cocktails?" I guess my Old Luddite-ness is rearing its overly-traditional head here? The colour is amber. The nose is earthy and very lightly toasted in character and expands with a faint rubbery leatheriness. After some minutes I'm also detecting suggestions of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. This is jam-packed full of character. The palate is initially creamy-smooth and then caressed by a rich tingle comprising hints of fresh fruit, an earthiness, leather and rubber. Why am I reminded of a very good cognac here? The finish is very long and delightful. My overall impression doesn't hesitate to use that word again "Great". In fact I'm even upgrading my MMA 2012 91 points to a very worthy 92.