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Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, 55% ABV

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, 55% ABV

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Karuizawa […]

As it probably is my last post in 2016, lets say for Christmas and New Year, I decided to dedicate it to the tasting impressions of a single malt from closed, already legendary distillery from Japan. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I give you Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, 55% ABV (you can meet also bottlings with less power). This is not a single cask, Karuizawa is known right know, which gain record prices at auctions. We have a combination of barrels from European sherry oak. The content was distilled in 1999 and 2000, that is in the final years of production, bottling took place in 2012. We can talk about approx. 12 years of maturation. Color is natural and there was no chill filtration, what I conclude from haziness after adding water. [caption id=attachment_6809 align=alignnone width=1920] Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, 55% ABV[/caption] Other blog posts associated with the liquors from this distillery include: Karuizawa 1964 48 years old, Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183, Memories of Karuizawa 1999, 13 years old, cask 879, Kruizawa 1981, cask 2042, Karuizawa 1976, cask 7818, Whisky Live Paris 2013 part 2 – I recommend these posts to all interested in the distillery. C: deep, darker amber; N: of course sherry, sweet with dates, figs, further dried fruits, prunes, fruit compote, cooked apples and pears, fruits cake, candied fruits, orange peel, interesting - despite the 55% ABV there is no greater alcohol irritation, rhubarb, ripe orange, red orange, grapefruit, peach and dried apricot, mint and lemon balm, chocolate (After Eight maybe), capucciono, from time to time traces of ash, dusty cabinets, leather armchair, toasted wood and distant smoke; intense and healthy; a few drops of water strengthens all the previous tones, perhaps it is more mineral, also with more leather, smoke, toasted wood, but also caramel, toasted sugar - still beautiful; T: here power is more perceptible, some tweaks to the tongue, whisky quickly fills and envelops the...

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My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(89 points)


  • Whisky Legend 2016

    Whisky Legend 2016

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    Miscellanea Testing / Tasting
    (94 points)

    Blind tasting in Warsaw

    Two weeks ago, oh how time flies ... I had the pleasure to participate in the Whisky Legend 2016 tasting organized by Daniel and Grzegorz from Whiskymywife. Leitmotif was Port Ellen versus the rest - only closed distilleries. Convention the same as at Whisky Legend 2015 - blind tasting. Information about what, in what order we drank was revealed at the end. Below I present my basic tasting impressions, but I didnt write everything during the event, in effect, records are not able to cast...

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  • Karuizawa 1964, 48 years old

    Karuizawa 1964, 48 years old

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    Testing / Tasting
    (96 points)

    For Wealth Solutions, Poland

    Karuizawa is one of my favorite distillery. It has appeared on the blog many times before. I also mentioned about Karuizawa 1964 for Wealth Solutions, eg. at this link. I posted there a video about the launch of this single malt, I recommend it as an introduction to this post. [caption id=attachment_4462 align=alignnone width=801] Karuizawa 1964[/caption] Karuizawa 1964 was distilled on 1st August 1964 and bottled on 24th December 2012 roku, with 57,7% ABV. Whisky matured 48 years...

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  • Whisky Live Singapore 2014 part 2

    Whisky Live Singapore 2014 part 2

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    Miscellanea Testing / Tasting Travel

    Nikka Masterclass i Collector Room

    During the Whisky Live Singapore 2014 I participated in one Masterclass, which I had to sign up with the purchase of the ticket. The organizers tried to make as many people would choose a Masterclass, hence the participation in several of them was not possible. You could choose from: Trade masterclass Rum appreciation debate Johnie Walker from farmer to global Scotch icon Nikka masterclass GlenDronach masterclass Pernod Ricard Boutique Malts Glenfiddich Solera...

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  • Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183

    Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183

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    Miscellanea My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (92 points)

    42 years of maturation

    Some time ago, I took the opportunity and bought a bottle of Karuizawa 1969 Cask 8183, ex-bourbon cask, 61.3% ABV. Of course, we have a natural colour, un-chillfiltered, cask strength and single cask - the quintessence of whisky. Distilled in December 1969, bottled in April 2012. Single malt was matured in bourbon casks, which is quite unusual for this distillery. I havent made any decision what Ill do with it. However, when I open it, it will be a special occasion. [caption...

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  • What this year from Wealth Solutions?

    What this year from Wealth Solutions?

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    Miscellanea

    Third edition of collectible single malt

    [caption id=attachment_3113 align=alignnone width=801] Wealth Solutions 2014[/caption] Presentations of extremely rare and collectible whiskies has become customary in Wealth Solutionss business. In 2012 they released Glenfarclas 1953, 58 years old, and in 2013 Karuizawa 1964, 48 years old. The big event is gearing up again this year, exactly 13 May 2014. What we will admire? Age: 66 lat. Year: 1948. Bottles: 160. Special guest: Charles MacLean. Distillerys name for now...

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  • Memories of Karuizawa, 1999, Cask 879

    Memories of Karuizawa, 1999, Cask 879

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (93 points)

    Wkrótce zostaną tylko wspomnienia

    Karuizawa is one of my favorite distilleries and the blog has already hosted it (e.g. Karuizawa 1981 Cask 2042, Karuizawa 1976 Cask 7818). Today I have the pleasure to spend time with Memories of Karuizawa. We have here 1999 vintage, 13 years old, cask 879 and 62,9% ABV. Its hard to imagine anything more beautiful then natural color, unchillfiltered, cask strength and single cask. I bought this bottle in December 2012 and in principle I have tasted it only once or twice. Today I have a good...

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  • Karuizawa 1981, Cask 2042

    Karuizawa 1981, Cask 2042

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    Bars Testing / Tasting Travel
    (93 points)

    in The Auld Alliance Singapore

    During my visits to The Auld Alliance Singapore, in addition to Karuizawa 1976, Cask 7818, I also tasted Kruizawa 1981 Cask 2042. [caption id=attachment_2408 align=alignnone width=801] Karuizawa 1981, Cask 2042, The Auld Alliance Singapore[/caption] Single malt was distilled in 1981, bottled in 2012 for Taiwan. Maturation took place in the sherry butt No. 2042, 56.7% ABV. Bottle No. 234/440. Natural color and unchillfiltered. [caption id=attachment_2409 align=alignnone...

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  • Karuizawa 1976, Cask 7818

    Karuizawa 1976, Cask 7818

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    Bars Testing / Tasting Travel
    (93 points)

    in The Auld Alliance Singapore

    In the last three weeks, I didnt 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. Ill write about it in another post, but today Karuizawa. [caption id=attachment_2365 align=alignnone width=801] The Auld Alliance...

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  • Whisky Live Paris 2013 part 2

    Whisky Live Paris 2013 part 2

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    Miscellanea Travel

    Masterclasses

    The Whisky Live Paris 2013 did not lack Masterclasses. I attended in some of them. For non-orienting in the topic I might add that these additional activities are in groups. They may relate to general issues of whisky or a particular distillery, but they are always connected with the tasting. Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment you need to book in advance. The first Masterclass – Whiskies du monde – Blind Tasting was guided by Salvatore Maninno. Blind tasting is a very...

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