Karuizawa 35 Year Old
Bourbon Cask 8518 Emerald Geisha

70cl / 59.6%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
  • Elixir Distillers
Karuizawa 35 Year Old / Bourbon Cask 8518 / Emerald Geisha
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Karuizawa's whiskies are legendary. Not only are they of sublime quality, but the distillery's closure almost 20 years ago means that they are rarer than emeralds. This exclusive single-cask bottling of 35-year-old single malt, created by Elixir Distillers, layers vanilla and spiced butter around the Karuizawa core.

The distinctive emerald labels combine beautiful Japanese art forms with complex hot foil and intricate embossing embellishments, giving the bottles a sculptured finish. They were designed by The Whisky Exchange’s creative director Raj Chavda, who is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Art.

Bottler
Elixir Distillers
Age
35 Year Old
No of Bottles
265
Country
Japan
Cask Type
Bourbon
Cask Number
8518

Karuizawa 35 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)

    Nose: Caramel wafers in a cloud of incense – savoury, perfumed and sweet perfectly balanced. Sultanas follow, with oaky spice: nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and freshly sawn damp oak. Autumnal flavours of leaves and fragrant forests build, with a side order of sweet and spicy vanilla, and sweet butter. A drop of water dampens the incense and brings out subtle tropical fruit: pineapple and mango.

    Palate: Spiced butter leads, with cinnamon and anise heat rolling in behind alongside sticky vanilla and caramel. Sharp apple bursts through but is tempered by bitter char and toffee sweetness. Savoury turmeric notes and incense build through the sweetness. Water tones down the buttery hit at the front of the palate, and reveals layers of spice and fruit: banana, menthol and ripe apples.

    Finish: Soft apple fades to char and sweet woody spice. Earthy rancio lingers long at the back of the palate, slowly sweetening.

2 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    8 March 2018

    Brilliant! I wish I had a sample of the 33yo Emerald Geisha for comparison...

  • 5
    23 February 2018

    Good