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Karuizawa 1986 Cask No 7387 Tasting notes and reviews

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Karuizawa 1986 Cask No 7387

Brand
Karuizawa
Expression
1986 Cask No 7387
Type
Japanese Whisky
Abv
60.70%
Vintage
1986
Produced at
Karuizawa Distillery
Region
Japan
Availability
Worldwide

Dave Broom

80
Nose
More wood oils and a general aroma reminiscent of a cooperage:sawdust, oil,grease,woodsmoke. Decent age on this. Cedar,incense with vestiges of smoke and herbs. Pagan
Palate
Smoke surrounded by acacia-like woodiness. Quite firm but enough rich sweetness to hold the wood in balance. Layered black and semi dried fruits. Thick with an animalic edge to it. Better with water
Finish
Brazil nut
Comment
Unreconstructed macho whisky

Martine Nouet

70
Nose
Spirity, prickly. Wood speaks up then mingles with fruity notes. Sun warmed pine cones,touch of humus. Then cooked prunes
Palate
Not as aggressive as the high strength would suggest.Easy flowing. Cooked fruit again then spices and a drier bitter note
Finish
Dry,dusty,spicy. Getting bitter but leaves a clean taste
Comment
Water does not help as it brings oak forward and enhances bitterness. Too stiff on the palate
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