Monday, June 11, 2012
Karuizawa 11YO "Asama"
Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
The new "Asama" 11-year old Karuizawa expression has just been released in Sweden and is available at Systembolaget. It is a vatting of casks from the last two vintages (i.e. 1999 and 2000), but unlike the TIBS bottlings - vattings of the same vintages - it's bottled at 46% abv, i.e. not at cask-strength. It's priced at SEK649 (which is a little over 7,000 yen), extraordinarily and uncharacteristically reasonable. The TIBS vattings were far from spectacular, and that's putting it mildly. It would be interesting to hear from whisky enthusiast in Sweden what they think of the new "Asama". Number One Drinks got a large number of casks from the last two vintages when they bought the entire remaining inventory. Here's hoping "Asama" is not just an attempt to get rid of some not-so-desirable casks, but that it's actually a well-composed vatting. The jury is out...