Karuizawa 1967
42 Year Old Cask #6426 TWE 10th Anniversary

70cl / 58.4%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Karuizawa 1967 / 42 Year Old / Cask #6426 / TWE 10th Anniversary
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Here it is - the legendary Karuizawa 1967 42yo from cask 6426. The oldest and most famous Karuizawa ever bottled when it appeared at the tail-end of 2009, we only ever had around 200 bottles of this one, and after Whiskyfun and Whiskynotes both gave it humungous 95 point scores, it sold out in a little over 24 hours.

TWE 10th Anniversary
42 Year Old
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Karuizawa 1967 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    • Nose:

      Old leather, precious wood, dry sherry, pipe tobacco, Cuban cigars (in truth, a whole humidor), cedar wood, cough syrup, plum jam, very old Armagnac, a little tar, even whiffs of engine oil… What an amazing complexity!.

    • With water:

      It’s got everything an old sherried wonder can have. Spectacular whiffs of aniseed and dill, a little more beefy notes, absolutely no sulphur whatsoever. Enough said.

    • Mouth (neat):

      Unexpectedly nervous, with a big but beautiful oakiness (typical notes of pine resin than one can find in very, very old whiskies), a lot of walnut liqueur, bitter chocolate, cherry stem tea, chewing tobacco, heavy liquorice, prunes, green tea from the oak, blackcurrant leaves tea….

    • With water:

      I’m speechless. One of these very old pu-erh teas (yes, I know pu-erh is Chinese, not Japanese).

    • Finish:

      Very long, superbly dry (coffee) and spicy (cloves) as well as beautifully raisiny. Some menthol.

    • Comments:

      Once again, this baby reminds me of some old Springbanks. Say of the best sherried ‘Local Barleys’, if that rings a bell to you. A Japanese masterpiece. SGP:473 - 95 points.

  • Tasting Notes by WhiskyNotes' Ruben

    • Nose:

      Like walking into a high-end cigar store. Magnificent notes of pipe tobacco and cigars. Lots of polished oak, a few hints of solvents even. Amontillado sherry. Menthol. Musty earth. Fermented Pu-erh tea. Leather. It needs a bit of breathing, but it’s superbly complex, with an amazingly fresh side as well (whiffs of raspberry jam, strawberries and plums). Also a soft vanilla coating that I didn’t expect in a heavy sherry bottling. None of the matchsticks of the 1976/1977 releases though. Anyway you can really get lost in such a nose.

    • Mouth:

      Very powerful, dry and oaky at first (without being too resinous or tannic). Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee beans. Mint. Tobacco again. Toasted bread with dark forest fruits marmalade.

    • Finish:

      Very long, chocolaty with spicy dry oak.

    • Comment:

      No need for an elaborate conclusion… My favourite release of last year. Dark sherry maturation doesn’t get much better than this (unless you add some peat maybe?).

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2 Customer Reviews

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  • Technetium 17 March 2012

    Limiting to one bottle per customer is just cruel.

  • saha 22 November 2011

    an exceptional whisky...simply amazing...there will be no other whisky in coming days which can beat this...no regrets spending on this,worth every penny,