Archive KARUIZAWA 32 ans 1981 Cask 8461

KARUIZAWA 32 ans 1981 Cask 8461

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Nagano 70cl Ref: 17789

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Expert Reviews

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

Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or à reflets topaze.
  • Nose : ample, riche. Quelle présence florale, fruitée, herbacée, épicée et légèrement tourbée ! Il révèle des fruits confits, du caramel au beurre salé, de la pivoine, des fraises des bois et une tourbe tendre. Animal, il évolue vers des notes de cuir, de viande fumée, puis des épices (poivre blanc). peu à peu, une très originale note de rhubarbe vient se déposer sur la palette aromatique.
  • Palate : vive, nerveuse. Elle décoche une flèche herbacée, florale (tubéreuse), épicée et médicinale (baume). Une fois passé ce trait de génie, elle gagne en épaisseur et en gourmandise. Cependant, elle ne se laisse pas dompter si aisément que cela. Des fraises des bois et des myrtilles sont ensuite agrémentées de notes herbacées. Le caractère de Karuizawa s’exprime pleinement.
  • Overall : longue et ininterrompue. Du chocolat chaud, des épices nobles (cardamome, safran), de la suie et des fleurs capiteuses (lys, lavande) recouvrent les papilles. Avec une rare intensité, elle évolue sur les fruits exotiques (kiwi, ananas) et sur les plantes aromatiques (cerfeuil, persil). La rétro olfaction est tendrement boisée et fumée et le verre vide est quant à lui capiteux (iris, géranium), camphré et réglissé.
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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