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Karuizawa 17 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Karuizawa 17 Years Old

Brand
Karuizawa
Expression
17 Years Old
Type
Japanese Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
17 years old
Abv
40.00%
Produced at
Karuizawa Distillery
Availability
Japan

Martine Nouet

Nose
Biscuity. Citrussy. Orange marmalade. A touch of rancio. Earthy mushrooms. Damp cellar. A delicate complexity. Smoky wood.
Palate
Velvety, oily. Enveloping sweetness, releasing jammy flavours of orange and ginger marmalade and plum jam. Ginger biscuits.
Finish
Lingering, warm and rich. Refreshing note of liquorice in the back.
Comment
A superb balance and richness. Luscious bouquet, satisfying and flavoursome.

Dave Broom

Nose
Huge and meaty: truffle/dried shiitake mushroom heading into balsamic/rancio territory. Becomes sooty with roast chestnut, burning leaves, graphite. Mature.
Palate
Strangely flat and lacking in energy. Everything is well ordered but lacks life. Bit flat spices palate is ordered but lack energy.
Finish
Mature, slightly earthy.
Comment
Sweet-ish, sour-ish, savoury-ish, dry-ish...it's just a bit...ish.
Whisky Magazine Issue 56

Whisky Magazine Issue 56
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Published June 2006.

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Karuizawa is one of Japan's smaller and lesser known distilleries.But as Dave Broom found out, it's producing some fine and unusual whisky

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