Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Speciality Drinks, Ltd.
Score: 97 points
This 33-year-old Karuizawa single cask bottling is scheduled to be released around January 1, 2015 by Speciality Drinks Ltd. and The Whisky Exchange in London. It was one of the “Dream Drams” poured at The Whisky Exchange’s 2014 Whisky Show.
The nose is intensely fruity with notes of figs, plums, raisins, Christmas cake, orange peel, ginger, cooked banana, and woody notes of pine and cedar. The taste is dry and spicy with cinnamon and clove notes that keep building through the finish, but don’t overwhelm cooked banana, plums, blackberry cobbler, and vanilla in the background. The finish is amazingly long with a great balance of both spices and fruity notes that fade away smoothly. Wow! (October, 2014)