Karuizawa 1982
Noh Cask #8529 Bourbon Cask

70cl / 58.8%
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The first bourbon cask Noh Karuizawa release we had at TWE. A product of the 1982 vintage, bottled at its full strength of 58.8%. Classic apple and polished wood bourbon-cask character, and so exciting to try an unsherried Karuizawa at full strength.

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Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    Nose: PVA glue, hints of Copydex, wood stain and varnish, freshly chipped dark wood and damp forest floors. It needs a bit of time to develop, but picks up more vanilla, dark fruit and citrus notes as it sits, as well as spice, pastry and sugary sweetness.

    Palate: Intense. Concentrated fruit - apples and sultanas compressed to a microdot; Maple syrup; freshly varnished wood; more chipped dark wood;  and some rich treacley edges. Water amplifies with the wood, bringing out tingly spice and liquorice root, as well as more maple syrup sweetness. It can take a fair whack of water and even when quite dilute still has a nice punch of spice and toasted bread.

    Finish: Sour wood and buttery sweetness.

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose: Crystal-clear barley sugar and green apple flavours backed by a wonderfully rich, evocative, classic bourbon cask style featuring woodglue, fresh sawdust, light vanilla, resin, dried bark, furniture polish and a dusting of cocoa powder.  Water releases very strong notes of aromatic cedar and sandalwood

    Palate:   Very big at full strength, with wood glue,  then very rich cooking apple, varnished wood and playdoh. Develops on dried coconut and more varnish / furniture polish.  Water mellows it and lifts fresh apple, cedar and sandalwood flavours.

    Finish:Very long, quite warm and drying.

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