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Karuizawa Distillery

Naganoken, Kitasakogun , Miyotamachi, Oaza Maseguchi, 1795-2, Japan
Tel: +81 267 32 2006
Fax: +81 267 32 6018


Articles (2)

Future Casting
Our experts open their almanacs and explore the challenges facing the industry in 2011

January 2011, Issue 93, page 6

Future dream drams
Having experienced rocketing sales in the last few years, we see what is happening to the Japanese distilling scene

December 2013, Issue 116, page 21

Whiskies (16)

Karuizawa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
6 I found myself writing some of the same descriptors as I did 15 or 20 years ago. That says something for the consistency of this product.

Karuizawa 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 Reveals more balance on the palate than expected. Certainly on the wood side but in a rich and complex way.

Karuizawa 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 I would have enjoyed the whisky more if I had stuck to nosing.

Karuizawa 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 Pleasant as a ‘dessert whisky', but lacks complexity.

Karuizawa 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 A superb balance and richness. Luscious bouquet, satisfying and flavoursome.

Karuizawa 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
6 A marine character but more whispering than speaking up.

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Karuizawa 1971 Cask No 6878
- Japan - 64.10%
8 Should only be consumed in small amounts by consenting adults. Highest recommendation

Karuizawa 1974
Single Malt - Japan - 65.00%
6 Can't see the point in offering such an unbalanced oaky profile. It is whisky we want to enjoy, not a wood infusion.

Karuizawa 1986 Cask No 7387
- Japan - 60.70%
7 Unreconstructed macho whisky

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Karuizawa 1988
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30%
8 Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.

Karuizawa 1988 Cask 3397
Single Malt - Japan - 59.80%
7 The nose does not say it all. The old man is still sprightly.

Karuizawa 1992 Cask 5978
Single Malt - Japan - 62.80%
7 A sharp character which needs a good dash of water. Quite refreshing.

Karuizawa 1993
Single Malt - Japan - 60.10%
7 A herbal tea for those who like it hot and pungent. Lovely nose. Good balance. Definitely needs water to tame the strength.

Karuizawa Master's Blend, 10 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00%
7 For once, a whisky that delivers more on the palate than on the nose. It could make a pleasant summer dram.

Karuizawa Noh Series 1995 13 Years Old Cask 5004
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00%
7 Rare steak anyone?

The Whisky Exchange Spirit of Asama
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
7 Unfortunately, very one-dimensional.

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