Karuizawa 1984, Bot. 2005, Cask No. 7980
Colour: full amber. Nose: simpler, narrower and smokier now. A more direct oakiness and whiffs of old roses and pot pourri. With water: yes, simpler this time, but still very nice, with quite some smoked tea, walnuts and coffee-flavoured toffee. The most coffeeish so far. Mouth (neat): all on fruit spirit this time, slightly youngish, raw and spirity. With water: not very far from the 1980 but still rawer and simpler. All on fruits and oak. Finish: long but slightly middle-of-the-road. Much less maturity. Very good, flawless whisky but not particularly interesting I’d say. 80 points (for being flawless).
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun