Rarity KARUIZAWA 1969 Vintage

KARUIZAWA 1969 Vintage 61,3%

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Nagano 70cl Ref: COL17101

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : cuivre orangé.
  • Nose : fin, racé. Sa profondeur florale : rose, lilas, bleuet, tubéreuse, iris, évolue sur le cuir et le chocolat au lait. Les épices de ce Karuizawa sont issues d’un distillat surpuissant. Il y a du cumin, du girofle, de la muscade et de la cardamome. L’orge maltée est bien présente. Il évolue sur la pomme au four et les agrumes.
  • Palate : dense, originale. Elle oscille entre les tannins enrobés de chêne, les épices et le caramel au beurre salé. La vanille, la noix de coco et les fleurs capiteuses (géranium, lys) exacerbent le milieu de bouche. Fine, elle évolue sur le tabac frais, la noix et sur d’autres fleurs (violette, jasmin).
  • Overall : longue, capiteuse. Une note de suie souligne le vieillissement en fût de bourbon. La concrète d’iris, la marmelade, la noisette, la gelée de coing, le miel de lavande, le safran et les pommes mûres précèdent une rétro olfaction capiteuse et fraîche à la fois. Une fois vide, le verre témoigne encore de la présence de Karuizawa.
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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