Archive KARUIZAWA 33 ans 1980 Cask 4556

KARUIZAWA 33 ans 1980 Cask 4556

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Nagano 70cl Ref: 17786

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

Tasting note

  • Appearance : cuivre orangé soutenu.
  • Nose : affirmé, puissant. Il fait la part belle aux pêches abricotées, à la réglisse et au gingembre râpé. Il évolue sur la terre de Sienne brûlée et sur le chocolat amer. Aérien, il dévoile au fur et à mesure une belle liqueur faite d’oranges sanguines et de plantes aromatiques (camomille, verveine).
  • Palate : riche, capiteuse. Des piments et des fleurs capiteuses procurent à l’attaque en bouche beaucoup de puissance et de précision. Le milieu de bouche est camphré, épicé et animal (cuir, bacon). L’influence du xérès est magnifiquement rendue par des notes de pêches blanches, de raisins de Corinthe et de fraises écrasées. Florale (pivoine), elle ne cesse de gagner en ampleur.
  • Overall : typée, vive. De la poudre de cacao et du jus d’orange sanguine se déversent sur le palais. Elle prend au fur et à mesure des allures exotiques (ylang-ylang, mangue) et florales (iris, tubéreuse). La qualité de son boisé éclate au grand jour. La rétro olfaction est complexe et le verre vide est soyeux et épicé (girofle, cannelle).
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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