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Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183

Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183


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 id=attachment_3218 align=alignnone width=801] Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183, ex-bourbon cask[/caption] During Whisky Fair Limburg in 2014 I came across an open bottle of this Karuizawa and of course I secured a sample to make a quiet tasting at home. Here are my impressions: [caption id=attachment_3187 align=alignnone width=801] Karuizawa 1969, Cask 8183, ex-bourbon cask[/caption] C: dark amber, oily, N: nose is intense, sweet with honey, herbs are clearly marked, further some syrup notes (for cough), heather and vanilla, beautifull; I could not cease sniffing it; traces of mint and melissa, over the time there are touches of fruits - peaches and nectarines, ripe bananas, ripe cherries; the addition of water strengthens the aromas and highlights the herbs, mint and melissa, I get also ginger biscuits, it seems to me that it gets less sweet, T: I can feel the power, whisky is spreading rapidly in the mouth and embeds like a hoarfrost, very warming, lots of fruits, in the foreground ripe cherries, also ginger spark on the tongue, plum in chocolate, strong tea, a significant portion of bitterness (maybe even too much), the addition of water, for which there is lots of space, enhances the listed accents, it becomes quite dry, F: very long with cherries and sweet cherries, drying, Score: 92. Lovely nose, encouraging to sniff, I devoted to it almost an hour, then I started to taste. Well balanced and complex. I am happy to found this Karuizawa while Whisky Fair...

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Miscellanea My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(92 points)

  • Memories of Karuizawa, 1999, Cask 879

    Memories of Karuizawa, 1999, Cask 879


    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 1976, Cask 7818

    Karuizawa 1976, Cask 7818


    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


    Miscellanea Travel


    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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