Single malt whisky - tasting notes

25 Jan 2013

Karuizawa 1970 (cask #6177)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Japan

Another very old Karuizawa, recently release by Number One Drinks from the stock that they bought from previous owner Mercian. This one is bottled from a 450 liter sherry butt filled in 1970.

 

 

Karuizawa 1970 cask 6177Karuizawa 42 yo 1970 (64,3%, Number One Drinks 2012, sherry butt #6177, 326 btl.)

Nose: huge, clean sherry nose with dried fruits (dates, figs), fresh fruits (raspberries, plums, quinces, citrus) and a slightly curious (but quite enjoyable) smell of overdue bananas. Quite fragrant, with eucalyptus oil, polished cedar wood and hints of old roses. Cocoa powder. Turpentine. And a whole array of soft spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin). Very rich. Mouth: whoa, hot. Full of raisins, plums, brambles, raspberries and oranges. A thick, jammy yet sparkling fruitiness. A peppery kick too (peppercorn and wasabi). Drying black thee and some woody tannins in the end. Finish: long, with a nutty dryness and spicy notes (pepper, clove, mint). Still some raisins.

This Karuizawa 1970 is showing the same kind of oakiness that’s present in most other 40+ whiskies, but the sherry brings enough fruits to make it a highly enjoyable experience. I prefer this one over the Karuizawa 1969 but at this price level shopping advice is probably less relevant anyway… Around € 600.

Score: 92/100

Karuizawa 1970 (cask #6177) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-25
  • Joeri

    Thx voor deze boeiende review (en vergelijking). Vond deze ook opmerkelijk beter dan de 69. Deed me denken aan caperdonich 72 :-) Maar inderdaad helaas te duur om in huis te halen.

  • Thomas

    Wow, impressive 64,3% alc. at 42 years, that beats Glencarclas 105 Proof at 40 years! Is it typical for old Japanese whisky casks to lose a high amount of H2O, so it compensates for the Angel’s Share?

  • Robert77

    They must be aging them in George T. Stagg casks in Kentucky :)

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