Saturday, September 22, 2007
Karuizawa 21 year old Vintage
Review by Nonjatta contributor - Serge Valentin
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"Karuizawa 21 yo Vintage 1984 (59.8%, OB, cask #7980, 25cl)
Colour: Full amber.
Nose: Simpler, narrower and smokier now. A more direct oakiness and whiffs of old roses and pot pourri. With water: yes, simpler this time, but still very nice, with quite some smoked tea, walnuts and coffee-flavoured toffee. The most coffeeish so far.
Mouth (neat): All on fruit spirit this time, slightly youngish, raw and spirity. With water: not very far from the 25 Vintage but still rawer and simpler. All on fruits and oak.
Finish: Long but slightly middle-of-the-road. Much less maturity. Very good, flawless whisky but not particularly interesting I’d say. 80 points (for being flawless)." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)
59.8 per cent (abv)
The picture above is of a small 250 ml bottle. This one is also available in a 700ml for which you may have to pay in the region of 21,000 yen. This shop sells this range.