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Karuizawa 1990/2012 cask #679

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nReview by @numen

23rd May 2013


Karuizawa 1990/2012 cask #679
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: Amazing. It's very typical Karuizawa. Chocolate, maraschino cherries that are just dripping with liqueur. Elegant and just flippin' awesome. Orange, maybe light brown sugar molasses. Dates. Red berries and ginger. A little toffee-esque sweetness in the background, soft wood influence. Polish and leather. Pine/forest, a touch sour, and full of some stone fruit. Let's finish this as it began: Amazing.

Palate: Thick and rich. Honey, wood, extracted sherry. Very light salt. Wood influence is fine, but you get a strong dose of bitterness in the middle. It's not a sweet sherry, but dry and darker on the palate that in the nose. Date-pineapple-papaya juice, but very trace. Really nice, but a let down compared to the nose.

Finish: A bit brief, though it grows with more tasted. The nose is simply astounding. Chocolate, espresso, wood, and tropical elements. Definite and lovely umami in the background; it's delicious. Takes water, but better without. The nose is exceptional, the palate is very good, and the finish is excellent.

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numen commented

I re-tasted this last night (the bottle is about mid-fill), and it's glorious. The chocolate and cherries merged a bit to more of a chocolate malt and fudgy quality, and there are some rich, yet light, earth tones. The umami sense was a bit more elegant, and all the more delicious. I'd upgrade this baby to a 94. Time has done wonders for the palate. I'm kicking myself for not getting a second bottle when it was only barely affordable!

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