As it probably is my last post in 2016, let’s 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.
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 entire mouth, very fruity, I have a ripe sweet plums, ripe oranges, a lot of red oranges, tangerines, orange peel, a drop of lemon, grapefruit, dark chocolate, mint, lemon balm, and then traces of wood, cardamom and ginger with the growing bitterness, a touch of coffee; here also a few drops of water will not hurt, everything highlights, with time bitterness increases, it gets dry with tannins;
F: long with fruits, ginger and bitterness.
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, 55% ABV – mmm…, Like it!
Lucky me! I haven’t come across a bad Karuizawa yet.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!