Karuizawa 1967, Bot. 2009. Cask 6426 for La Maison Du Whisky
Cask 6426 was split in two between La Maison Du Whisky and Sukhinders The Whisky Exchange with an outcome of 229 bottles each.
A cask that’s been shared between these two famous high-end whisky retailers that are Paris’ LMdW and London’s TWE. Colour: dark amber. Nose: this oldie is much more ‘tertiary’ than the 1972 when neat, much more on old leather, precious wood, dry sherry, pipe tobacco, Cuban cigars (in truth, a whole humidor), cedar wood, cough syrup, plum jam, very old Armagnac, a little tar, even whiffs of engine oil… What an amazing complexity! With water: it’s got everything an old sherried wonder can have. Spectacular whiffs of aniseed and dill, a little more beefy notes, absolutely no sulphur whatsoever. Enough said. Mouth (neat): unexpectedly nervous, with a big but beautiful oakiness (typical notes of pine resin than one can find in very, very old whiskies), a lot of walnut liqueur, bitter chocolate, cherry stem tea, chewing tobacco, heavy liquorice, prunes, green tea from the oak, blackcurrant leaves tea… With water: I’m speechless. One of these very old pu-erh teas (yes, I know pu-erh is Chinese, not Japanese). Finish: very long, superbly dry (coffee) and spicy (cloves) as well as beautifully raisiny. Some menthol. Comments: once again, this baby reminds me of some old Springbanks. Say of the best sherried ‘Local Barleys’, if that rings a bell to you. A Japanese masterpiece but the 1972 was close! SGP:473 - 95 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun