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Karuizawa Spirit of Asama

by Oliver Klimek on November 16, 2012

A vatting of about 70 casks bottled at two different strengths

1 – 48%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright amber
Nose: Raisins, a whiff of spring flowers, vanilla, toffee, ginger, nutmeg, just a tiny hint of rubber.
Palate: Raisins, sweet melon, vanilla fudge, candied ginger, nutmeg, white pepper, a little bit of smoke.
Finish: Long, fruity and slightly spicy.
Overall: Definitely not a sherry monster like many of the single cask Karuizawas, this lovely dram highlights the light and elegant side of the distillery.

Rating: 86/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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2 – 55%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright amber
Nose: Slightly more intense than the 48% version, as could be expected, a little more toffee and raisins, a little less rubber
Palate: Much more intense than the 48% version, especially the fruity notes are enhanced, the smoke is almost gone.
Finish: Very long, fruity and slightly dry.
Overall: The higher bottling strength really pays off here. With a splash of water it is utterly delicious.

Rating: 88/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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Comment: This is a rare opportunity to taste the same vatting at two different strengths, worth a big round of applause.

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