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21 Jan 2014

Karuizawa 1984 (cask #3186 for Taiwan)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Japan

Here’s another one of these interesting Karuizawa expressions bottled for Taiwan. Karuizawa 1984 with one of the wonderful Geisha labels. Thanks again, my Taiwanese friend!

P9 is a wine and liquor store in the Shillin district of Taipei. They are well known for their whisky range and occasionally they have exclusive bottlings.

 

Karuizawa 1984 #3186 for TaiwanKaruizawa 28 yo 1984 (58%, OB for P9.com.tw 2012, sherry butt #3186, 540 btl.)

Nose: great fruity notes with a layer of varnish / glue and menthol. Redcurrant and cherry jam, raspberry jelly, fresh figs, also hints of balsamic vinegar. Dried apricot. Cedar oak as well as hints of graphite. Cinnamon and ginger. Quite juicy and perfectly clean. Mouth: rich, quite herbal and dry from the beginning. There’s certainly fruit cake and forest fruits but it’s a bit overpowered by grape pips, cloves and black pepper. Sandalwood. Pine resin and ginger. Tobacco. A little camphor as well. Finish: long and dry, with chocolate and a hint of smoke.

On the nose this really announced an excellent example of the best Karuizawa traditions, but the palate is a little woody and brings the score down for me. Sold out of course.

Score: 91/100

Karuizawa 1984 (cask #3186 for Taiwan) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-21
  • Joeri

    Always nice to read Karuizawa-notes, thx!
    Question Ruben: did you try it with water?
    Best regards

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