in The Auld Alliance Singapore.
In the last three weeks, I didn’t write anything on the blog. For most of that time I was on vacation, in many places without access to the mobile network and the Internet. Along the way I also came across places not only full of electronics but with single malts. I am talking about Singapore, where I have visited a whisky bar The Auld Alliance. I’ll write about it in another post, but today Karuizawa.
I have already mentioned Karuizawa on the blog a few times (eg. Karuizawa 1964, Whisky Live Paris Part 2, Whisky from Japan on ForbesLife), but haven’t put the tasting impressions yet. Time to change. Especially that Karuizawa is one of my favorite distilleries.
It is worth mentioning that we are dealing with whisky from Japan. Production at the distillery took place from 1956 to 2000, and in 2010 it was closed at all. The remaining stock of whisky was sold to Number One Drinks Company, managed by whisky enthusiast Marcin Miller. In Karuizawa they used only traditional methods of production with Golden Promise barley – giving the rich aromas and flavors, but with a relatively low efficiency. New make spirit was poured mainly to good quality sherry casks.
My Karuizawa also comes from the sherry cask number 7818, distilled in 1976, bottled June 14th 2010, cask strength 63.3% ABV. Of course, natural color and unchillfiltered.
C: brown, thick liquid,
N: obviously sherry, liqueur, caramel, mint, dried plum, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, even a little smoke, there is also a red pepper, water gives some freshness, emphasizing all accents, also leather sofas and armchairs comes in, as well as citrus,
T: oily, sweet, spicy, ripe fruits: plum, apricot, peach, dark chocolate – generally corresponds nicely with fragrance impressions, water enhances all the flavors, there is a lot of bitterness, oranges, candied oranges, cherries, and a touch of lime,
F: long, sweet with plums in chocolate and remnants of sparking.
Wonderful whisky. Real pity that Karuizawa no longer produces.