Karuizawa 1972 Cask #7038

Country: Japan
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Number One Drinks Co.
ABV: 63.3%
Score: 89 points

This bottling comes from a sherry butt that was filled in 1972 and bottled in 2011, making it one of the older Karuizawa bottlings at 39 years old It’s also one of the strongest at 63.3% ABV.  The nose is rich with dried fruits, especially figs and raisins, and touches of brown sugar, nutmeg, coconut, almonds, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. The taste is intense and amazingly powerful with cinnamon and black pepper, nuts and very subtle dried fruits, and the balsamic vinegar touch comes out as the spices fade and lingers through the finish with just a hint of plums. (January, 2013)

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