So an affordable Karuizawa? what a grand idea! This was the intention of the lovely guys at Number one drinks, and the folks at TWE when they set to vat 77 casks distilled in 1999 / 2000 together to create a NAS Karuizawa that everyone can afford without selling a body organ or a family member to slavery. But how does this compare to the older and much more expensive K’s? The spirit of Asama comes in two forms: one bottled at 46% abv and this one comes at a nicer 55 % abv. This expression is called after Mount Asama , which is located in the same district as the distillery.
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama , 55% abv, £62.45 (at the whisky Exchange)
Nose: that’s some big sherry going on here. I’m not really sensitive to sulphur but the require a lot of that here. If you’re not a sulphur kind of guy , you’re not going to like this one bit. Los of dried fruit action going on here. Spent matches. Prune and sultanas.
Palate: wham! Thick juices and a lot of the. Dried fruit dipped in liquor. Bitter chocolate, prunes , raisins, tobacco and coffee beans. Sulphur colossus. Yup.
Finish: bitter coffee beans. Dark chocolate. Tobacco.
This is a powerful dram, but lacks the complexity of the more expensive Karuizawas, however It’s a nice entry point to those wishing to own a Karuizawa for a reasonable price. I was a bit turned off by the Sulphur notes, so beware if you are sensitive to those, you might want to look elsewhere.
Many thanks to my friend PS for sharing this with me