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Karuizawa 1974 Tasting notes and reviews

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Karuizawa 1974

Brand
Karuizawa
Expression
1974
Type
Japanese Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
65.00%
Vintage
1974
Produced at
Karuizawa Distillery
Availability
Japan

Martine Nouet

Nose
Spirity. Waves of liquorice. Freshly squeezed oak juice? Hint of candied chestnut purée.
Palate
Bittersweet. Very oaky. Spicy. A touch of coffee toffee. But alcohol harshness makes the tastebuds incomfortable. And water releases more bitterness.
Finish
Dry, bitter, oaky.
Comment
Can't see the point in offering such an unbalanced oaky profile. It is whisky we want to enjoy, not a wood infusion.

Dave Broom

Nose
Very savoury with high intensity thanks to the alcohol. Old chocolate, tomato ketchup, wood varnish, raisin and prune, roast chestnut.
Palate
Decent mid-palate sweetness. Liquorice water, dandelion and burdock, pot pourri.
Finish
Fades quickly.
Comment
Just old and by now lacking balance.
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