Japanese Whisky Whisky

Karuizawa, 37 Year Old Cask 6878

RRP 7,430 per bottle
UK Stockist
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Tasted by
Dominic Roskrow
Tasted in
London

Distilled in 1971 and bottled at the very start of 2008, this might be 36 years old and not 37. But let’s not nit-pick. It’s a monster. Take a note of the strength after nearly four decades – remarkable.

Nose: Hot and heavy and demanding water. There’s a mustiness, some dry fruits, some menthol notes, and spices.
Palate: Wow. The tasting equivalent of the rock band Muse: loud, proud and heavy, but ordered, well structured, and very, very complex. You need a fair bit of water, but there are dates, plums, toffee, blackcurrants, and some smokiness in the mix. It has an earthy, rustic back story, too. It’s an intri-guing Suduko puzzle of a whisky.
Finish: Long, rich and fruity. It doesn’t leave without a fight, and this is the least dignified part of the tasting journey. I think the word is feisty.

Master Category
Whisky - Japan
Sub-Category
Single Malt, Cask Strength
Alcohol
64.1%
Country
Japan
Bottle Size
70cl
Name of Tasting
Japanese dream
Type of Tasting
Tasting feature
Blind
No