Single malt whisky - tasting notes

27 Jun 2011

Karuizawa 1991 (cask #3318)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Japan

One of the youngest Karuizawa we’ve tried so far, a 1991 released in 2007. Back then, Number One Drinks had just started the import and the distillery was still building up recognition. This bottling won a silver medal in the 2008 Malt Maniacs awards.

 

Karuizawa 1991 cask 3318Karuizawa 1991 (62,5%, OB 2007,
sherry cask #3318)

Nose: very strong and slightly rubbery. Volcanic ashes? At the same time, the hotness prevents other aromas to come out, it definitely needs some time to open up. Some sherry notes (of the earthy, mossy kind) and spices (pepper, ginger). Roasted nuts and baked pie. Blackberries and dried figs. Getting more floral over time. Mouth: hot, dry and sherried, with the original malt shining through after a few moments. Sweet coffee. Plums and dates. Very spicy, quite overwhelming. Slightly smoky and salty. Not much difference with water. Finish: long, hot and spicy.

An earthy / ashy expression of Karuizawa.
Not a quick charmer, but it gains balance if you let it breathe. Around € 90 at the time, now sold out. Thanks for the sample swap, Johan.

Score: 86/100

Karuizawa 1991 (cask #3318) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-06-27
  • Johan L

    You’re welcome, Ruben. I agree with your notes! Greets, Johan

  • Michael

    Thank you Ruben. I always look forward to your reviews of Karuizawa, Port Ellen and Brora.

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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