Karuizawa 1984 (cask #3692)

Forgotten sample n°2. This Karuizawa 1984 cask #3692 was bottled in 2012. A big part was allocated to Sweden but it was also found in other countries.



Karuizawa 1984 cask #3692Karuizawa 1984 (61,6%, OB 2012, sherry butt #3692, 359 btl.)

Nose: dark prunes and dates, with a box of chocolates that has just been opened. Unfortunately it also shows heavy gunpowder notes and matchsticks, dried mushrooms and a bit of marmite. Sulphur, yes. Beef jerky. Leather. Roasted nuts. A few heady notes too, in between soy sauce and wine vinegar. Not really my style.

Mouth: again quite heavy, with less fruity notes than we’d like. Smoky wood, flints and some gunpowder again. Dry herbal notes, chestnuts and toasted bread. Dark prune jam. Cinnamon. Drying leathery notes. A meaty touch. 

Finish: long, oaky and spicy, with dark chocolate and ashes.

This is not my favourite Karuizawa. Of course they’re all intense and oaky, but this one is slightly over the top and not as fresh as some others. Fetches around € 1300 in auctions.

Score: 87/100