Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Right off the bat, you can tell it’s one of those glorious, early-80s Karuizawas. Many people consider this to be the distillery’s ‘Golden Age’ and this specimen certainly makes a good case for that claim.
On the nose, you’ve got dried fruits (fig log, mincemeat, dates) but loads of other things going on, too: a massive walnut note; a lovely earthy, vegetal dimension, which you often get in Karuizawas from the early 80s (fried burdock, roasted red bell pepper soup); the sweetness of caramel popcorn and fudge; more fruit (baked apples, stewed berries); hints of rum raisin buttercream, old leather, balsamic vinegar, old armagnac, green tea powder (maccha), jamon iberico… and that’s just scratching the surface. It’s a pretty hefty slice of the world in a glass.
Read more about Karuizawa Distillery here.