Karuizawa 1967 TWE 10th Anniversary
Added on Thursday, Nov 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 42 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 1967 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.40 % Region: Japan
  Price: $355 Availability: Collectors Only

For The Whisky Exchange's 10th anniversary. Price listed is original, but it sold out nearly immediately upon release. Auction/collectible prices are much higher.

Bottled 24.08.2009       Cask 6426

Member Ratings and Notes
Nose screams massive sherry. Super-rich and extremely inviting. Sweet. Plums, grapes, big figs. I also get wisps of buttered popcorn.

Palate -- yeah wow, pretty much what the nose advertised, and not a trace of anything objectionable in here.  Rather syrupy and all about the sherry, and with a tinge of sweetness that I wouldn't expect at this age. The long finish brings the usual spices, with cocoa stuff, and there actually isn't a whole lot going on here for me… but what is here is excellent and nearly savory. The big scotchy-sherry flavors are fantastic. 

Having tried this at length on a few occasions, I've found it's a malt that's easily overshadowed in comparison to, well, almost anything else. Not that other things seem better per se. This just has trouble showing its best aspects in cross-tastings (is that a phrase?) much more so than other malts do. It can seem very one-note. And it sort of is, though it's extremely good at the few things it does.

n: Butterscotch and chocolate in a cigar humidor.


p:  Velvety and sweet.  Luscious and magnificent sherry.




Leather, incense, tobacco and wood polish. Sherry notes are much more prominant on the palate with woody spices. Finishes with lingering sweet licorice.


N: Very rich, old wood smells, BBQ and pulled pork, smoked meats, apricots.
P: Wowee.   There's something wonderful that happens (sometimes) when whisky sits in a sherry cask this long, it takes on a savory quality that just can't found otherwise.

F: Deep, sweet, resinous, and spicy.

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