Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Karuizawa - 1990 - #679

This first fill Karuizawa was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2012. Aged in a first fill sherry cask. Bottled at 56.1% cask strength.

  • Nose: Glue, acidic, a little bit harsh - water tames it though, red fruit juice with acetone, menthol
  • Mouth: Sherry, a little bit bitter and tannins, oak, quite oily
  • Finish: Tannins, sherry, quite drying and some oak
Comment: This one takes quite a bit of water to be tamed. I've seen some raving tasting notes about this one elsewhere on the the net, but I don't feel this one. It's good whisky, but that's it. Even at ~22 years it feels young, harsh and unfinished compared to other Karuizawas. (Maybe something was wrong with my sample... don't know)

81 points.

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