Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 48%

Country: Japan
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: The Whisky Exchange
ABV: 48%
Score: 91 points

While Number One Drinks Company bottled Spirit of Asama at 55% ABV, it made some available to The Whisky Exchange’s Specialty Drinks unit for bottling at 48% ABV, and this version has some noticeable differences. The nose is malty and buttery with touches of pine nuts, cashews, and mild vanilla. The taste is rich and spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon, honey underneath with a hint of pine and a subtle note of jasmine that adds a floral touch. The finish is long and smooth, but slightly tart with a hint of pine. (January, 2013)

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