Archive KARUIZAWA 31 ans 1981 Cask 78

KARUIZAWA 31 ans 1981 Cask 78

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Nagano 70cl Ref: 17787

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Expert Reviews

93 points, Serge Valentin sur Whiskyfun.com, 13 novembre 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : acajou.
  • Nose : ample, divine de plénitude. Chocolaté et réglissé, le premier nez est également marqué par la tourbe sèche et par des notes animales (bacon). Oxydatif à souhait, il évolue sur la cerise à l’eau-de-vie, la pêche abricotée, le miel de lavande et la toile émeri. Superbe de complexité, il se révèle au fur et à mesure camphré et végétal (potiron). L’influence du xérès marque son apogée.
  • Palate : monstrueuse de fraîcheur et de dynamisme. Elle est dans un premier temps exotique (mangue, passion) avant de devenir épicée (poivre) et pimentée (Espelette). Des fleurs capiteuses (bleuet, lavande, jacinthe) procurent beaucoup de personnalité au milieu de bouche. Elle se montre ensuite pour la deuxième fois exotique (kaki, goyave).
  • Overall : longue, profonde. L’influence du xérès fait ressortir des notes de cuir, de raisins secs, de chocolat noir et de noix grillées. Animale, elle évolue sur le lard fumé et sur le camphre. Orientale (safran, bois de rose), la rétro olfaction est également marquée par les agrumes (citron, mandarine). Le verre vide exprime un xérès supérieur (cerise à l’eau-de-vie, rose ancienne). Superbe.
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.

Merchant

A small company founded in 2006 by David Croll and Marcin Miller, Number One Drinks specialises in the selection, export and distribution of the most exclusive Japanese whiskies. Working in partnership with Ichiro Akuto, the owner of the Chichibu distillery, Number One Drinks sells the latter’s various single malts – Chichibu and Hanyu – in Europe, along with blends and the latest casks from the closed Kawasaki and Karuizawa distilleries, which were purchased in 2011. No other company offers such a wide range of exceptional whiskies, from the youngest, produced by newly created distilleries, to the oldest, often from distilleries that have long since disappeared.

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