Take a deep breath in. Let it go, out…
There is a scent of pine needles underfoot, the wind is rustling cherry blossoms nearby. Above you a vast volcano looms with some form of inner darkness that you cannot comprehend fully.
The name is but a breath upon the gentlest wind.
More forceful now. Impatient. Impossible to ignore.
Volcanic. Muscular. Now supple and teasing, now devastating.
Karuizawa 1990 for Whisky Live Japan 2009 60%
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: Beautiful nose, fresh wild strawberries, orange and raisin, ethereal juiciness and cherry, malt, leather and cologne. Its all pretty muscular and salivating. Mead and old wood and browning red apple and golden raisin and brandy and perfumed wood. Yeah, complex.
Water: Darker, more cherry, black coffee, and very dark chocolate.
Taste: Sweet start, raisin, great oils and dryness, some brandy and leather, plenty of oak, some chilli chocolate, black pepper, orange peel, cherry into the finish.
Water: Still some spices but finds a nice sweet balance, less oak.
Finish: Medium length. More oils, more cherry, some oak, leather and chocolate.
Bottled 2009 at 19yo from a Sherry cask. Incredible nose, taste is a little dry. My second experience with Karuizawa and I was not disappointed in any way. This stuff is amazing. Not quite as amazing as the 1983 I tired but if the taste was on par with the nose, it would be well on its way.
Thanks for reading!
Japanese Review #24
Whisky Network Review #992
Network Average: 75.2
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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