Re: Japanese Whisky Live Tasting - April 10-24th
Here goes my very first Japanese whisky ever. It's a Karuizawa 1992 62.8% cask 6978.
Nose: (neat) sweet alcohol, flowers, fresh fruit (apples?), it's quiet malty. Very soft at this alcohol %. It makes me think of a very full bodied Speysider. (with water) After a few minutes it becomes amazing! I pick up diesel (yes, I do), seaweed, and some peat. I almost don't dare say it but it reminds me of a light version of the Laph 30 (!!!).
Palate: (neat) very hot on the tongue! The high alcohol percentage camouflages a lot of flavours. Yet I can pick some peat and some smoke. It's still somewhat sweet with some flowery notes. (with water) Much better! This becomes very complex. Walnuts, some tar. It's strange, but there is something and I just can't put my finger on it. Oh boy, it sticks to my cheeks!
Finish: hot (!!), peppery, a bit sweetish, walnuts and just a faint wiff of smoke.
Comments: this is SO different from the Scoth single malts whiskies I'm used to. It's a very peculiar whisky with a fantastic nose. A very good and complex whisky, mind you, but there is something 'mysterious' about it.
If I would have to score it, I would certainly give it minimum 90/100. With some oxidation I might pick up more flavours so the score might also change. I'll let you know.
P.S.: a big THANK YOU to dramtastic for the wonderfull advice!! I look forward to try the Cask of the Yamazaki 1993.
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on Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:05 am, edited 1 time in total.