Karuizawa 29 Bourbon Cask

Country: Japan
Region:
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Speciality Drinks
ABV: 53.9%
Score: 95 points

Karuizawa 29 Bourbon Cask. Image courtesy Speciality Drinks Ltd. This single cask bottling was one of two exclusive “show bottlings” for The Whisky Exchange’s 2014 Whisky Show in London, and sold out during the weekend.

Despite the ex-Bourbon cask maturation, the nose opens up with sherry-like notes of figs and toffee, along with caramel followed by oak, leather, and pipe tobacco in a very aromatic balance that is almost cologne-like. The taste is dry, tart, and mouth-puckering at first, then turns spicy with lemon pepper, a hint of clove, and touches of linseed oil and licorice that come out as the spices fade along with a touch of molasses. The finish is medium-length, dry, and subtle with hints of licorice, molasses, figs, toffee, and dark chocolate. Outstanding! (October, 2014)

Mark Gillespie

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