Whisky Review: SMWS 132.3 Karuizawa “Dark, mysterious and Seductive”

Style: Complex Sherry and Spicy

Nose:
Vanilla stick coated with a the layer of Demerara sugar, joined by fresh honey comb notes. A hint of capsicum and spice undertone. Light, melted caramel rounding off the aroma nicely.

Palate:
Even more vibrant and sharper first touch on the palate. A burst of red liquorice and hot chili shattered and dispersed across. Sherry notes on the drier side. Sleepy grapes transcending to fresher zesty flavours. The intensity retreats and we found some unsung caramel, coffee beans and oak shelved at the back.

Finish:
Remaining some zingy fresh lemon zest, a bit of honey with heavier oak. The bitter side holds on for a short while.

Thoughts:
Nice twist in the palate, there is a nice amalgamation going on with red fruits sherry and tropical fruits notes. Energetic on one hand, bright flavours and aggressive spices. While the polished wood, oaky finish demonstrates some satisfying maturation. Delightful complexity with a wide spectrum ladder of Sherry notes. Yum.

[61.6%・2013 Bottled・Independent Bottling・Single Cask・Cask Strength・Non Chill Filtered・Non Coloured・344 Bottles・Ex-Sherry Cask Matured・Aged 20 Years]

☆ [Recommended]

Tasted at Park Hotel Tokyo

-Esmond