RichCafe Consulting Inc.

Karuizawa 'Spirit of Asama'

(55%, Number One Drinks for TWE / Speciality Drinks, NAS, 70cl, 2012*)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeJapanese Whiskies
BottlerNumber One Drinks
Bottled ForTWE / Speciality Drinks
Brand NameKaruizawa
Bottling NameSpirit of Asama
Alcohol By Volume55%
Size70cl
Issued2012*
Average Score89


Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood89


Tasting Notes
Keith WoodThe colour here is light amber. The nose offers a selection of dried herbs with just the faintest suggestion of a very aromatic Alpine cheese. A warm woodiness develops which is reminiscent of bonfire embers. The palate has a very smooth and creamy mouth-feel, a suggestion of crème caramel? A dark fruitiness akin to figs, prunes, dates and cherries - almost but not quite. Freshly ground coffee beans? Again almost, but not quite. The finish is long and slightly dry, again with almost coffee beans. My overall impression is that the few extra abv really do help here as it has the ooomph that the 48% version lacks. A couple more points on my scale too ..... 89 to be exact.