Dram Review: Karuizawa Noh 15 Years Old (Cask No. 2326)

[62.2%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2015・The Number One Drinks Company Bottling・Cask No. 2326・Single Cask Release of 495 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose is quite pungent, heavily handed on the malt, butter and honey. The vanilla note is quite prominent with some toasted nuts and almond butter as well, gets quite bread-y, raisin bread in particular.

Palate & Finish:

As the nose would indicate this is quite a dense and relentless dram, prunes, leather and oak all getting dialled right up, sticky syrup and buttery honey as the somewhat youthful malty spirit shines through, leading to a brutal dose of minerals, wood and hot spices.

Medium finish on the malty side.

Thoughts:

Would this work better in a small batch?  Probably, this is arguably weighted down by the heaviness of the spirit and the wood, in saying that though I do recognise that people can still take enjoyment from an unbalanced act..

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Nicholas