Karuizawa Exceed Aged 12 Years. 40 percent alcohol Nose: Clean and fresh. Grassy notes, along with pear, orange, golden syrup, salt and varnish Palate: The mouth feel is clean, with pepper, new leather, orange chocolate, toffee and a hint of smoke. Finish: Medium length with marmalade, pepper; grassy at the start, then adds mint, toffee and fresh cut timber. General comment: This is a nice, refreshing Karuizawa and a welcome counterpoint to this distillery's often full-on style.