Archive KARUIZAWA 1981 Vintage

KARUIZAWA 1981 Vintage

Single Malt Whisky, Japan / Honshu - Nagano, 70cl, Ref: COL16346

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Malt Maniacs Awards 2011 - médaille d'or

Tasting note

  • Appearance : acajou à reflets rougeâtres.
  • Nose : envoûtant, émouvant. Son boisé noble évoque la poussière en suspension qu'un rai de lumière met en valeur. La fève de cacao, la toile émeri confirment cette sensation poudrée. Puis, changement de décor, des raisins noirs, des mûres et des myrtilles mettent en valeur la qualité et la complexité de son fruité.
  • Palate : fine, racée. Elle redouble d'élégance, les raisins, devenus secs, côtoient des oranges sanguines. La bouche est enrobée par un tapis de mousse recouvert d'épices nobles (cardamome, coriandre, girofle). Saline, elle brille par les qualités revigorantes et salivantes de ses amers.
  • Overall : savoureuse, délicate. Les fruits noirs sont devenus rouge vif (fraise des bois, groseille). Le chocolat et la noisette vont de pair avec des figues et des dattes fraîches. Des notes florales (pivoine, tilleul) et herbacées nous ramènent aux premiers jours de l'été. Plus tard, de la réglisse et du tabac à pipe émanent du verre vide.
The brand

The brand

The Karuizawa distillery was built in 1955 in the town of the same name, in the prefecture of Nagano surrounded by the Japanese Alps. Japanese whisky generally has a very good reputation, but Karuizawa is especially sought after and appreciated by connoisseurs; it has accumulated an impressive number of medals in competitions. Just like Macallan, it is a whisky that owes much of its character to the type of barley that is used: (‘Golden Promise’) and to ageing in sherry casks. Production stopped in 2000 and bottles are becoming increasingly rare.

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