Style: Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Released: November 2018
Batch Age: 19 Years Old
Batch Size: 186
Batch ABV: 48.9%
Karuizawa Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Said to be the world’s rarest whisky.
Ok, bear with us. There is a lot going on, it’s an action packed Boutique-y label. Within the original Karuizawa Distillery at the foot of an active Mount Asama is a lair. Surrounded by four big pot stills and set against the backdrop of a monorail running cask-like carriages, 2 ninja assassins abseil into the lair wearing black jumpsuits and balaclavas. Meanwhile, front and slightly center, our whisky guy is taking on the evil henchman. He’s slick, he’s suave and we suspect, he’s swaying a little too.
Nose: Complex nose with an initial warmth and creamy notes - there’s cocoa and oak, a pinch of spice and grapes, blackcurrant and raspberries
Taste: A fizz of spice that leaves the tongue tingling, with liquorice and caramel coming through. There’s autumnal stewed fruits and a jammy fruitiness
Finish: There’s a dry salinity with lingering sweet hints - plums, raisins and a sprinkling of brown sugar.