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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Sunday, 29 September 2013

KARUIZAWA 1981 VINTAGE SINGLE CASK - DISTILLERY BOTTLING

Again, let's make some whisky investors happy and drink a whisky form a closed cult distillery.

This is certainly a mixed feeling drinking stuff like this, 'cause the prices go up on the remaining bottles - let's just hope most of them are in the hands of drinking collectors and not just investors... Not going to get into this subject any further at this time, 'cause it can really fuel some whisky fires.

Just remember, boys & girls - whisky is made for drinking, not investing!

Karuizawa 1981 (b. 25.05.2007) 26yo cask#103, Distillery bottling

Colour is amber

Nose:
Whisky soaked BBQ wood chips, grilled banana, burning foliage, lots of cloves and nutmeg, tea, vanilla pods, freshly squeezed olive oil, allspice, quite tannic as well

Taste:
Smokes oranges and sherry, very 'dunnage' earthy notes, grilled vegetables, cardboard/newspaper, soy sauce saltiness, more banana and with something vinous popping up once in a while. Dried fruits, oily and tarry on the back of the mouth and on the finish, along with some oak spices.

This one is all over the place, IMO, but still maintains a certain balance and making it just short of a 9x-mark

89/100!

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