Karuizawa 1986
Added on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 06:53 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 1986 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.70 % Region: Japan
  Price: $140 Availability: Collectors Only
Cask 7387 Bottled 12.02.2008.
Member Ratings and Notes
Mmmmmm.  Mmmmm.  A very different sherry nose.  Ether, wood glue, plums, violets, musk, a hint of black licorice, fresh pipe tobacco, dark rum, a little chocolate.  A rich spiciness on the palate followed by jammy fruit notes.  I love the way the high abv momentarily numbs my palate and then wooosh, the flavor re-emerges.  Very long dry finish, mainly the spices which linger forever along with a pleasing numbness.  Each time you go back to it something else reveals itself.  Splendid stuff. 
Nose is extremely plummy, tinge of balsamic vinegar. Palate is a delicious explosion of deliciousness. Big and bold sherry, and all those grapey-fruity-raisin things that go with it. Sort of reminds me of a super-sherried cask-strength Glendronach. Finish is long, becoming moderately gripping in the mouth. This also takes water quite well, taming the fire of course, and opening up some extra spices particularly in the finish. Give this one time to open up, too, as the air really seems to work some magic on it. If sherry monsters are your thing, then this is your thing. It is definitely mine. 
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