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18 May 2011

Karuizawa 1991 Noh (cask #3206)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Japan

The new Karuizawa Noh releases were available at different stands at
The Whisky Fair. There’s a 19 years old Karuizawa 1991 cask #3206 and a 13 years old Karuizawa 1997 cask #3312.

They decided to use small 20cl bottles, officially because the volume left in the cask was so small. That has nothing to do with exceptional angel’s share, it’s simply because Whisky Magazine bottled part of both casks in full 70cl bottles to support Oxfam.


Karuizawa 1991 Noh 3206Karuizawa 19 yo 1991
(60,8%, OB 1991, sherry butt #3206)

Nose: starts a bit dirty (something in between sulphury and farmy) but airing helps. Tobacco, matchsticks, hints of incense. A lot of pencil wood and limestone. There are some raisins and blood orange notes from the sherry, but on a second level. Ginger. Mouth: powerful with a big peppery kick. Rather sweet, with orange honey. Cigars, maybe even some smoke? Getting quite dry in the end, with an earthy umami flavour. Some vanilla as well. Finish: long, lots of pepper again. Tobacco. After a few hours, an empty glass smells like cured ham.

Big as Karuizawa can be, with the same elements as older versions but with a little less depth. The 1997 is slightly fruitier and less complex. Around € 60 for a 20cl bottle.

Score: 86/100

Karuizawa 1991 Noh (cask #3206) Ruben Luyten 2011-05-18
  • gal

    Not cheap, yet this bottle is damn SEXY

  • Ruben

    I agree. In general I like the idea of 20cl bottles, even if they are a little more expensive. I would probably buy more bottles and it could take away the pain of missing out on popular things.



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