Karuizawa 1979, Bot. 2005, Cask No. 7752
Colour: deep amber. Nose: more expressive than the 1976 but the sherry still is less dominant than in the 1974 at first nosing, sort of cleaner, the whole being maltier and nuttier. But quick, water... Yes! Kind of a blend of the 1974 and 1976. Maybe subtler, less wham-bam. Antique shop, roasted nuts and various herbal teas. And grilled tea (Ho-chicha, Japanese indeed). Less jammy than the 1974 and less gingery than the 1976. More straightforward I’d say, but just as totally enjoyable. Mouth (neat): we’re approaching drinkability at 59%. Lots of fruit jams but also a huge vinosity and quite some rubber. But water is needed again: it’s funny, this time it got much mintier and more camphory. We have also argan oil, tea, bergamot, kumquats... Again, it’s more straightforward and less marked by the sherry than its elder bros. Finish: maybe a little shorter than the other ones’ but slightly cleaner again, on smoked almonds and oak. Good dryness. No reasons to rate this one lower than 90 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun