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Thirty three years in a sherry cask has augmented the classic Karuizawa character with notes of raisin, mint and plum. This enchanting and extremely rare whisky was bottled by Elixir Distillers exclusively for The Whisky Exchange.
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.Tasting Notes (1)
The Karuizawa Geisha series was created to not only honour Karuizawa Distillery, which closed in 2001 and was later demolished in 2016, but also offer insight into the mysterious world of the geisha. Often thought of as the remnants of a bygone era, the skill, tradition and artistry of geishas is overlooked or ignored, and the iconic labels of the Karuizawa Geishas, created by The Whisky Exchange’s creative director Raj Chavda, showcase different stages of the journey to become a geisha.
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Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
Up front are caramel-covered oak boards, a dusting of nutmeg and piney juniper, and flamed orange zest. Digestive biscuits and cheesecloth peek out from the sides, balancing rich earthiness and damp tree bark. Crackling autumn leaves and temple incense smoulder like an old bonfire.Palate: Intense raisin and plum sweetness burst out of the glass, balanced by crunchy autumn leaves. Green oak and dried twigs snap together and a gently mentholated note floats through the middle. Sugary dried fruit develops, along with vanilla sauce and bittersweet spiced chocolate. Water adds layers of spiced and baked apple: fruity and rich with carefully matched sweet and tart notes. Finish: Soft, old-oak spiciness and char fades to reveal sweet apple sauce and crunchy sliced pear.
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