Karuizawa Noh 1981 #8775 (K&L)
Added on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:42 PM
  Bottler: Number One Drinks
  Age: 31 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 1981 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 62.30 % Region: Japan
  Price: $390 Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled in 1981. Bottled in 2013. Cask #8775. Sherry butt. Out turn 196. This is the first Karuizawa cask to be sold in the United States. 
Member Ratings and Notes
Dan
 
Deep brown amber color. The nose is absolutely fantastic, rich and luscious and is filled with sherry, cane sugar, wisps of fresh air, oak, and the lightest hint of smoke deep in the background. The palate is spiced wood and some carry over from the nose. The finish is wonderful, envelopes the mouth and leaves a satisfying and lingering finish - a little hot, but I like that here. A drop or two of water lessens the heat, but I don't think is overly necessary or does that much here. I really like it as is. One note - it took about 5 minutes for everything to fully develop and start to appear. Overall, I was extremely close to giving this an A and I think many would. I loved the nose and liked the palate. I was worried about the hype on this one, but it really delivers. A-/A [8/22/13]
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