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Karuizawa 1977, Bot. 2008, Cask No. 7026 Noh

Photo of Karuizawa 1977, Bot. 2008, Cask No. 7026 Noh
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From a first fill sherry butt and bearing a beautiful label… ‘and I said noh, noh, noh!’. Colour: amber – brown. Nose: an explosion of raisins, fir honeydew and walnut husk, developing on tar, cigar smoke and liquorice. Actually, it’s amazing how this one smells like cigar smoke – and like plain cigars as well. Not brutal despite the very high strength but let’s add water, still. With water: stays on the same notes and it’s not even really smoother. Just a little more menthol and plain malt. Not extremely complex but ‘damn nice’ if you see what I mean. Reminds me of some old very sherried Port Ellen but with much less peat of course. Mouth (neat): extremely rich, kirschy and coffee-ish (our beloved coffee-schnapps) and pretty hot. Water is more than needed here. With water: it got sweeter, rounder (plum jam) and much more peppery (black pepper, chilli crisps), with a tarry feeling again. Big whisky for sure, lots of sensations. Finish: very long, with notes of chestnut liqueur and lapsang souchong tea and a fruity tang (gooseberries). Comments: really a big, fat (and phat), restless and imposing old sherried whisky, wilder than most old heavily sherried Scotches that we could try so far. One for the (golden) hipflask rather than for the cognac snifter? SGP:663 - 90 points.

Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun

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