Archive KARUIZAWA 33 ans 1980 Cask 6431

KARUIZAWA 33 ans 1980 Cask 6431

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Nagano 70cl Ref: 17788

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90 points, Serge Valentin sur, 13 novembre 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or à reflets orangés.
  • Nose : pulpeux, profond. Dans un premier temps, un fruit domine la palette aromatique : l’abricot. Sa chair est ferme et parfaitement mûre. Empyreumatique (cèdre, tilleul), il se montre de plus en plus épicé (cannelle, gingembre) et floral (tubéreuse). Puis, avec délicatesse, il revient à ses premières amours, l’abricot, l’accompagnant d’une note d’arachide (cacahuètes) et de chocolat au lait.
  • Palate : ferme, dotée d’une acidité pointue qui dynamise le bout de la langue, elle est également pralinée et mentholée. En milieu de bouche, des notes boisées (chêne, eucalyptus) précèdent de nombreux fruits secs (amande, noisette, abricot) et des plantes aromatiques (cerfeuil, romarin). Quelques fruits rouges (framboise, fraise) font progressivement leur apparition.
  • Overall : longue, concentrée. Du bâton de réglisse, de la guimauve et des mines de crayon témoignent de son caractère minéral et original. Elle s’attendrit sur des notes de vanille et de foin. La rétro olfaction est pimentée et herbacée. Le verre vide est cacaoté et empyreumatique (bois brûlé, cendres).
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.


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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