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02 Jan 2013

Karuizawa 1991 (The School of Malt)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Japan

The School of Malt is a series of whiskies selected by whisky critic Dave Broom and bottled for Whisky-E, another Japan-based importer / distributor. Prior to this Karuizawa 1991, there was a Tomatin 1976 and a Ballindalloch 1976 (Glenfarclas) in the same series.

 

Karuizawa 1991 - School of MaltKaruizawa 21 yo 1991 ‘The School of Malt – lesson III’ (63,7%, No.1 Drinks 2012, sherry butt #9091, selected by Dave Broom)

Nose: a fairly dry start, with a typical oriental spiciness but also the kind of slightly sour tobacco leaves and a flowery aroma that I often get in 1990’s Karuizawa. Oranges and lemon. Some varnished oak. Chocolate notes and a faint hint of smoke in the distance. Mouth: at first dried fruits and sweetness of baked pears, evolving to more tangy flavours like zesty oranges and ginger. Pepper. Then some liquorice and earthy notes. Again a hint of smoke. Finish: long and dry on oranges, spices and roasted nuts.

A good educational dram to show some typical characteristics of this distillery, but in term of sheer enjoyment I’ve had better ones. Around € 145. Sold out. Sample provided by Nonjatta.

Score: 87/100

Karuizawa 1991 (The School of Malt) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-02

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
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