KARUIZAWA 33 ans 1981 Artifice Serie


The Karuizawa distillery was built in 1955 in the city of the same name, in the Nagano prefecture, in the heart of the Japanese Alps. While Japanese whisky generally has a very good reputation, Karuizawa is particularly sought after and appreciated by connoisseurs. Awarded numerous times at international competitions, it is a whisky that owes much of its character to the variety of barley used: “Golden Promise” and to aging in a sherry cask. Since production stopped in 2000, versions have become increasingly rare and prized.

Preferring the concrete to the dream and the present moment to the future, this version leaves no respite for the taster. So it is with authority and a lot of persuasion that it develops its speech. Intimately linked to each other, the stages of tasting have the rare ability to take us to olfactory and gustatory lands that are always different. Upsettingly sensitive, this Karuizawa is splendid.

Karuizawa produced outstanding whiskies, many of which have received international acclaim. They have released almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rarer and rarer as demand soars.

This limited release was distilled in March 1981 and bottled in July 2014.

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SKU: COL18824 Categories: , Brand: Volume: 70clReference: COL18824


Tasting Notes

: Ample, elegant. A balsamic fruit of sherry vinegar floats on the surface of the aromatic palette which consists of rhubarb, candied oranges and prune. It evolves gently on red fruits (redcurrants). Then noble spices (cardamom, clove) chisel its contours. Powdery, it continues on cocoa and salted butter caramel.

Palate : Haughty, superior. Its saltiness sweats until the attack where bitter oranges dominate. The middle of the mouth is very slightly smoked and herbaceous (pipe tobacco). Essential oils (savory, rosemary) have the same effect on the taste buds as an ointment. In the wake, dried fruits (date, fig) and new ripe fruits appear: reine-claudes, kiwis and mangoes.

Finish : Long. Its granulated and velvety touch gives it a lot of body and lightness. Its crimson tones range from golden yellow to burnt sienna earth, passing through all shades of ocher and brown. The retro-olfaction is extremely exotic (flamed banana, passion fruits, very ripe mango). The empty glass is intensely floral (gladiolus, honeysuckle) and oriental (sandalwood, rosewood).

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Weight 1.750 kg


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